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Morris, Mark (Choreographer); Baryshnikov, Mikhail & Other Dancers. MARK MORRIS: MONNAIE DANCE GROUP (MARK MORRIS DANCE COMPANY) . Brussels, Belgium: IMPRESOR, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 119 pages. Fine.

Rare Mark Morris memorabilia. Souvenir Dance Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in an extremely small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Marten Jongema and Liesbeth van Warmerdam: Regular-sized volume format. Rich deep purple velvet boards with titles embossed on the cover, as issued. Dances by Mark Morris. Photographs by various contributors. Texts by Joan Acocella, Gert Bakx, and Noicole Renggli. Biographies and List of Dances and Dancers appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Brussels, Belgium to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the now-classic dances created by Mark Morris and performed by his company for the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie. Morris was named Dance Director in 1988, succeeding the revered Maurice Bejart (whom Morris despised and dismissed as a hack). The Mark Morris Dance Company's stint in staid Belgium has been one of the most controversial and tumultuous in the history of modern dance. And yet, in spite of the obvious problems they faced, it was also one of the most gloriously productive in the company's history. It helped a lot that Mark Morris enjoyed the unequivocal support of legends like Mikhail Baryshnikov, who performed as a regular member of the company, and powerful musical giants like Deborah Voigt, Riccardo Muti, Philippe Herreweghe, and James Maddalena, among many others. Some of the dances committed for posterity in the book include such masterpieces as "New Love Song Waltzes", "L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato", and "Stabat Mater", among so many other extravagantly beautiful dance pieces. An indispensable title for Mark Morris fans. This is an Import title, was not widely distributed even in Belgium, has been out-of-print for a very long time, and is now collectible. This is the only copy available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates. The greatest living American choreographer. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARK MORRIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $150.00

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