22 June 2013

Mark Morris — L'Allegro

L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
chor. Mark Morris (1988)
Mark Morris Dance Group
with Tafelmusik and Chamber Choir

at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
presented by Luminato Festival
21 June 2013

The cast of 24 moves lightly through many variations and constant entrances and exits, forming dynamic patterns to reflect exactly the flow of George Frideric Handel's music, with clever use of lighting, scrims, and colour. Handel's 1740 piece, not quite an oratorio, is an impressive pastoral ode after poems of John Milton, with orchestra, choir, and four soloists. The dance, though at times repetitious, is interesting, playful, and fun. The audience gave a standing ovation.