Mark Morris’s ‘L’Allegro’ is a vision writ large

September 3, 2011

Mark Morris created his “L’Allegro, il Penderoso ed il Moderato” in 1988, while his company was in residence in Brussels and he had access to money, musicians and the means to bring the Handel oratorio he loved to the stage. Accordingly, what strikes you when you see it is the sheer largeness of Morris’s vision — whether in galloping group displays or in quiet, intimate and often witty moments. In this production Morris combines the attributes of a painter, sculptor, architect and epic poet. He posits Handel and his own dancers in some new dimension, and the result may leave you spinning.

Mark Morris Dance Group will perform Jan. 26-28 at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

— Sarah Kaufman

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