|Dancer and Choreographer|
Cutting edge pioneer Mark Morris always knew he wanted to dance. But what is it that prepared him to dance with trucks in dresses?
Believe it or not, this guy has classical roots.
Multimedia: Mark Morris Dances
Considering a career in Dance...
were you like as a teenager?
I was studying dance very seriously. I sang in the chorus and read a lot. I talked too much and made a lot of jokes.
did you know you wanted to be a dancer?
From being exposed to various kinds of dancing I developed a life-long interest in them: Folk dance, classical ballet, modern dance, everything I saw. Since I started so young, I was hooked right away and knew that dancing was exactly what I wanted to do.
is the hardest part about being a dancer?
were the most important dance skills you had to learn?
did you choose modern dance rather than ballet or another more traditional
The rules of composition and performance are totally up to me and my company, the Mark Morris Dance Group. I really just want to put on a good show.
are the best and worst parts of your job?
The hardest part is knowing exactly when a particular dance is really, logically complete and ready to be performed for an audience. I get very tired of flying all over the world. I like to be in different cities, but I don't really like getting to them.
long does it take to create a dance piece?
part of my job I like best is working on new dances; making up what
the dancers do and watching and adjusting until it is just what I want.
The hardest part is knowing exactly when a particular dance is really,
logically complete and ready to be performed for an audience. I get
very tired of flying all over the world. I like to be in different cities,
but I don't really like getting to them.
advice would you give to teens considering in the performing arts?
-- interview conducted March 2001
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