REVIEW by Willard Manus
-- The many sides of sensual feelings (and non-feelings) were explored
recently by the Mark Morris Dance Group in MOZART DANCES, a sometimes
puzzling but always provocative recital at the Music Center. Morris's
inspiration for the dances were Mozart's Piano Concerto #11 in F Major,
the Sonata for Two Pianos in D and Piano Concerto #27. All three pieces
were danced in abstract fashion--in front of an equally abstract (but
arresting) backdrop by Howard Hodgkin (design) and James F. Ingalls (lighting)--with
extremely subtle storylines, muted costumes (black, grey and white) and
Mystery was a key ingredient, but with Mozart's lovely melodies filling the hall--Jane Glover conducted the Dance at the Music Center Orchestra; Garrick Ohlsson and Yoko Nozaki were the solo pianists--the recital came off as satisfying and magical.
Next up in the "Dance at the Music Center Series" is American Ballet Theatre (March 27-30, 2008).
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. Call Ticketmaster or (213) 972-0711 or visit musiccenter.org/dance.html