Polka by Mark Morris. The dance uses a piece for violin and piano by contemporary composer Lou Harrison. Morris was taken by its final movement, called, strangely enough, “polka.”

I always start with a piece of music. I’m not doing, like, a musicological analysis and writing a paper or anything, but I’m figuring out in my mind what makes that particular piece work. So my intention is to say through dancing exactly what I think is being said through music.

Because I heard that “polka,” I said I must choreograph this right now. And to me, it sounds very, very ancient. And so I wanted to make up a dance that was evocative and a little mysterious and seemed like maybe people had been doing it for hundreds or thousands of years. That was my assignment.

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2 Responses to Polka

  1. Julia Hallewell says:

    Fantastic and joyful! I was thinking about Mark Morris this morning, as you do, and wishing the company would come back to the UK soon -it’s been far too long -and then I look on your blog and here they are in all their glory. Thank you!

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