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Mark Morris: Musician-Choreographer

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Mark Morris: Musician-Choreographer by StephanieJordan. 2015. Binstead: Dance Books. 543 pp., 34 illustrations, notes, chronology of works, index, references to the Mark Morris Dance Group website. £50 cloth. ISBN: 978-1-85273-175-5.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 May 2018

Marion Kant*
Universities of Cambridge and Pennsylvania


Mark Morris: Musician-Choreographer by Stephanie Jordan is unusual in many ways, and there are hardly any volumes to which it can be compared. That alone sets this study apart from other recent titles on choreographers and their works. Jordan's book was published by Dance Books; yet, it is about music more than anything else—a choreographer's relationship to music, his formation and evolution as a dancer and dancemaker through music, the exploration of music through dance, and eventually Mark Morris's arrival in music as a conductor.

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