Mark Morris Dance Group, Merseyside Dance Initiative
Liverpool loves a world premiere, and Pepperland launches our Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations in style. The ‘overture’ for our three-week festival is brought to the city in a very special commission by the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Internationally-renowned for his ingenuity, musicality, wit and humanity, acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris and his New York-based Mark Morris Dance Group debut in Liverpool with Pepperland, a captivating performance of dance and music. This original work for 15 dancers features a score by American composer Ethan Iverson with arrangements from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, including the title track plus “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “A Day in the Life”, “When I’m Sixty-Four”, “Within You Without You”, and “Penny Lane”, intermingled with six Pepper-inspired compositions.
An unprecedented chamber music ensemble of piano, voice, soprano sax, trombone, organ, harpsichord, theremin, and percussion will tease out and elaborate on Sgt. Pepper’s non-rock n’ roll influences, performing live with the Dance Group in a “rethinking of this profound cultural artifact with all of the imagination, surprise, humor, and bizarrity intact.” (Mark Morris).
Formed in 1980, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has received “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.” (Bloomberg News). With only four performances of this must-see show in the UK, Pepperland promises to be one of the highest points of Liverpool’s “Sgt Pepper at 50” celebration.
Mark Morris Dance Group will lead a masterclass at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts on Friday the 26th of May 11am-1pm to include technique and repertory (Pepperland). Open to professional dancers and recent graduates, the company dancers teaching class will be Sam Black and Lesley Garrison and will have live accompaniment.
Cost is £5.00 including a ticket to the show. Please book your place through MDI [email protected]
Image credit: Stephanie Berger
Pepperland is a Mark Morris Dance Group production in association with American Dance Festival, Durham, North Carolina; Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with the Sony Centre, Toronto, Canada; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, California; The City of Liverpool, England, U.K.; Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, California; Meyer Sound, Berkeley, California; Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle, Washington; White Bird, Portland, Oregon.
Music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation. Original music by The Beatles used under license from Sony ATV Music Publishing.