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Mark Morris has been hailed as the "the most prodigiously gifted choreographer of the post-Balanchine era" (Time magazine). Since founding MMDG in 1980, Morris has created close to 150 works for the company, many are widely considered masterpieces. He has been described as "an innovator and a conservative, a satirist and a romantic" (New Yorker) who "easily ranks among the top five living American choreographers... and has already carved a major place for himself in the history of modern dance" (The Denver Post).

In addition to works for the Dance Group, Morris is much in demand as a ballet choreographer. His works have been commissioned and performed by San Francisco Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, to name a few. Renowned as an intensely musical choreographer, Morris is undeviating in his devotion to music. The first choreographer to be named music director of the Ojai Music Festival (2013), he has conducted performances for MMDG since 2006 and has also worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing at the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among others.

He is a named Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, and has received eleven honorary doctorates to date. In recent years, he has received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement (2007), the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society (2010), the Benjamin Franklin Laureate Prize for Creativity (2012) and the Cal Performances Award of Distinction in the Performing Arts (2013). Morris continues to create new works from his home base in Brooklyn, New York, the Mark Morris Dance Center, which he founded in 2001 to provide a home for his company, rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children and seniors, and a vibrant school offering dance classes to students of all ages and abilities.
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