Choreographer and Dancer
Age: 35 at time of award
Published July 1, 1991
Mark Morris is a choreographer and a dancer whose work has extended the technical and expressive range of dance.
His dances are noted for their musicality, diversity, style, wit, and sense of tradition. His knowledge of musical structure allows him to pair rhythmic variety and exactitude of delivery. This continuity lends intelligence and humor to his expression of movement. Prior to founding his company in 1980, Morris danced with several companies, including the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble, and those led by Eliot Feld, Lar Lubovitch, Laura Dean, and Hannah Kahn. In 1990, he co-founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has created four works for the San Francisco Ballet since 1994 and received commissions from such companies as the American Ballet Theatre, the Boston Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. Morris has also worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the New York City Opera, the English National Opera, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Morris is the artistic director of the Mark Morris Dance Group. This group was the official dance company of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium (1988-91).
Morris received his earliest dance training with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson.
Last updated January 1, 2005