October 31, 2018 – November 4, 2018
In this section:

The Washington Ballet performed works by Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, and Paul Taylor – three choreographers who have defined modern dance.

Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes

Choreography by Mark Morris
Music by Virgil Thomson, Etudes for Piano

…Morris is one of the most prolific and lauded choreographers or his generation.

Dance Magazine

A quirky yet sophisticated and inventive modern ballet performed to an on stage accompaniment of 13 etudes by Virgil Thomson. Morris based this work on an English poem written in 1616 that celebrates ethereal love.


Choreography by Merce Cunningham
Music by John Cage, Improvisation III

No modern dance choreographer has ever matched Cunningham when it came to the duet.

The New York Times

Duets, celebrating Merce Cunningham’s centenary, is set to an abstract electronic musical score composed by John Cage. Eight separate tracks are controlled and improvised live by audio engineers. Each performance is unlike the last as the dancers work to connect to each other’s internal rhythms based on the mood and energy of the music. A new work of art is created each performance.

Company B

Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by the Andrews Sisters

…the last of the great choreographers.

The Nation

Company B harkens back to World War II and downplays the seriousness of America’s youth going off to war. With the Andrews Sisters soundtrack and lots of fun dancing, there is a subtle sadness that mixes with the high spirits of reality. We salute Taylor’s lifetime of work.

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