BroadStage presents the world premiere of THE LOOK OF LOVE by the Mark Morris Dance Group
Co-commissioned by BroadStage, the world premiere of The Look of Love by the Mark Morris Dance Group, an evening of dancing to the music of Burt Bacharach, will take place at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage on Thursday October 20 and will continue until Sunday , October 23. This performance is in honor of Isabelle Stevenson.
The Look of Love features original choreography by Mark Morris and new musical arrangements by Ethan Iverson. The evening’s compilation of more than a dozen Bacharach hits will be performed by company dancers accompanied by the MMDG Music Ensemble, consisting of piano, trumpet, bass and percussion, with lead vocals by the singer, actress and Broadway star Marcy Harriell.
The Look of Love will have its world premiere on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at BroadStage in Santa Monica, CA, with subsequent performances to follow at major performing arts centers around the world. The premiere of The Look of Love will also kick off MMDG’s 2022-23 season, which will be announced in September 2022.
The Look of Love will be the tenth one-night work in Morris’ prolific career, following 2017’s Pepperland, which featured the work of musical legends The Beatles. This production is the first created by Morris to music by Burt Bacharach and will include 14 songs by the multi-Grammy Award-winning pop composer and songwriter: There Always Something There to Remind Me, Message to Michael, Everyone Who Had A Heart, Walk Sur By, Are You There (With Another Girl), I Say A Little Prayer, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, What The World Needs Right Now Is Love , Don’t Make Me Over , The Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Alfie, The Look of Love and The Blob.
“Always melodically engaging, always rhythmically startling, with a touch of melancholy and ardent hope, Bacharach’s wonderful music calls for dance,” says Morris. “There is a rich range of emotion, perspective and dynamics in Bacharach’s (and lyricist Hal David’s) stunning compositions, both very familiar and relatively obscure. The Look of Love will be a song full of ‘action, variety, and dance spectacle, with something for everyone…a moving return to live theatre.’
Besides Bacharach and Iverson, Morris’ creative team for The Look of Love includes other frequent collaborators: designer Isaac Mizrahi and lighting designer Nicole Pearce.
“For many years, I’ve wanted to see my music reinvented into some kind of theatrical production – not just a musical jukebox formula of songs, but an original work with its own history and appeal,” Bacharach says. “I have found an ideal collaborator in Mark Morris, whose brilliant choreography and deep musicality give songs new meaning and dimension through movement. Like a great melody, his dances evoke atmosphere and inspire feelings, and I think that’s exactly what the world needs right now. I’m thrilled to see how Morris and his creative team bring my songs to the stage in The Look of Love.
The Look of Love is produced by 13 organizations that form a growing group of sponsors united by their esteem for Mark Morris and the desire to support the continued creation and performance of his work: BroadStage, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University in association with Arizona Arts Live, University of Arizona; Cal Performance, UC Berkeley; Harriman-Jewell series; Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond; UC Santa Barbara Arts and Lectures; and the Virginia Arts Festival. This co-commissioning model allows entities of varying sizes and scope to collectively provide the financial resources necessary to stage large-scale productions, while partnering with a prestigious cohort of broadcast institutions and sharing the legacy of a world first from Mark Morris.
“As we make a bold return to creating and touring new dances, we are especially grateful to our sponsor partners whose commitment to Mark’s work makes this collaboration possible,” said MMDG’s Executive Director, Nancy Umanoff.