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Mark Morris Dance Group
“Gorgeously entertaining and witty tribute” (The Guardian) to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with live music by Ethan Iverson (formerly Bad Plus).
Interview from Liverpool Premiere
“A truly joyous, celebratory work of art … a brilliant homage to one of the great rock albums.” —The Telegraph
Brimming with the ingenuity and humanity Mark Morris’s work is known for, Pepperland is a “gorgeously entertaining and witty tribute” (The Guardian) to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released 50 years ago. Live musicians—including horns and a theremin—perform Ethan Iverson’s (formerly of the Bad Plus) arrangements of selected Sgt. Pepper songs plus Iverson originals inspired by the blues, jazz, music hall and raga styles that made the album such an eclectic delight. With costumes echoing London ’60s mod, the dancers capture the freedom and energy of the era in deft, nuanced choreography that celebrates the music’s still-surprising range and originality.
Post-performance discussions Thursday & Saturday
Funded in part by a gift from Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein 1987.
Public Talk: The Sixties
Thu, June 28, 7 pm, Top of the Hop, Free
Professor Randall Balmer (Department of Religion) sets the stage for Sgt. Pepper, introducing a decade of cultural, social and political revolution.
Artist Talk: Ethan Iverson, Composer
Fri, June 29, 7 pm, Top of the Hop, Free
Iverson talks about The Beatles and the music he created for Pepperland.
Mark Morris Dance Group Master Class
Sat, June 30, 12–1:30 pm, Straus Dance Studio, $10
Members of Mark Morris Dance Group teach this intermediate-level modern class, including choreography from Pepperland. Ages 16+. Bare feet, comfortable clothes.