A well-placed little bird tells me you can still get tickets to the second and third performances of L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Mark Morris’ full-evening modern-dance staging of the Handel oratorio, next Friday, August 19, and Saturday, August 20, at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. (Thursday’s opening is about to sell out.)
If you know anything about Morris, you don’t need to hear more than that, but if you’re unlucky enough never to have seen L’Allegro, it might be worth my quoting what I wrote about this extraordinary work four years ago in the Washington Post:
“L’Allegro” is a whole world of dance in a single evening, everything from childlike pantomime to knockabout comedy to complex groupings reminiscent of George Balanchine in their control and clarity. I wish Morris’ dancers did “L’Allegro” in New York each spring, just like New York City Ballet does Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” so that we could all revel in it as often as we want….
Since then the Mark Morris Dance Group has taken to performing L’Allegro fairly regularly at Mostly Mozart, though never often enough to suit me. Needless to say, I’ll be there–you come, too.
All performances are at eight p.m. at the New York State Theater. For more information, go here.