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Mark Morris Dance Group Spends a Week in the OC

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Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann, courtesy of the company

In 1989, then modern dance bad boy Mark Morris took a seventeenth century opera and turned it into a cause celebre in staging the work for his dance company, then in residence at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Almost twenty years later, and in a precedent-setting collaboration between the now-world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. the Irvine Barclay Theatre, the Pacific Symphony and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Baroque work will be presented in Irvine for six performances from April 22-27. Differing from its premiere, however, this current production lands Morris not in the title role on stage, but as the conductor of Henry Purcell's masterwork, Dido and Aeneas.