Tonight: PBS Brings Mark Morris Home

Nothing to do on a Friday night?

 

Think again.

 

For the ultimate post-rehearsal treat, grab the popcorn (and maybe an icepack) and head for the couch: Tonight, as part of its "Great Performances" program, PBS is bringing Mark Morris' masterpiece, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato to the screen for the first time26 years after its premiere.

 

L'Allegro, set to the music of Handel and inspired by the writings of Milton, deals with action versus contemplation, mirrored beautifully by moments of pure kinetic energy and moments of complete stillness. The evening-length work will be introduced by none other than Baryshnikov—naturally—and will include interviews with Morris, several of his dancers and his music director, Colin Fowler.

 

Keep an eye out for MMDG member and Dance Magazine's February cover girl Laurel Lynch in tonight's showing of the modern dance classic—this time around, with brilliantly restored costumes and a few gender-reversed roles.

 

You can catch L'Allegro on your local PBS station at 9pm EST. For local listings, check here.

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