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Morris in 1984. Photo by Peggy Jarrell Kaplan, courtesy of MMDG

For the past four decades, few names in dance have stirred up as much reaction as American choreographer Mark Morris. Unique for his outsize persona, superb musicality and taking on themes related to gender and sexuality, Morris is one of the most prolific and lauded choreographers of his generation. At his Brooklyn-based dance center, the former enfant terrible continues to create for his company, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and set work on ballet and modern companies worldwide.

Morris has choreographed close to 150 works for his company. In addition to being inspired by music, many have narrative roots in mythology and literature, including the following.

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Loux in Mark Morris' Pacific

Mark Morris Dance Group’s Aaron Loux didn’t take ballet until he was 17, while studying at the Cornish Preparatory Dance Program. His teacher Marie Chong helped shatter his preconceived notions about the classic dance form.

“I spent so many years resisting ballet and thinking it was stiff and boring compared to modern dance. When I finally got into her class, I suddenly felt so beautiful doing the movement. I felt I had to get my nose to the grindstone right away and improve as fast as I could. She noticed that and responded to it. She gave me confidence. Her attitude was always, ‘Yeah, you definitely can do that.’”

See Loux perform tonight with MMDG at 7:30 pm at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Photo by Hilary Schwab, courtesy of MMDG

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