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Community Engagement for Pepperland

Mark Morris Dance Group deepens audience engagement with its iconic Beatles tribute across five cities.

Overview

Mark Morris Dance Group’s (MMDG) unique evening-length tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pepperland, features an original score by Ethan Iverson that blends arrangements of songs from the groundbreaking album with Pepper-inspired pieces. With over 70 performances and audience engagement activities reaching over 50,000 people since its debut in May 2017, Pepperland is one of the most popular and in-demand pieces in Morris’ repertory of over 180 works.

 

Iverson’s score, which was created, in part, with funding support from New Music USA in 2017, intersperses six original musical movements with arrangements of six songs from the Beatles’ legendary album, Sgt. Pepper. The project brings together a prodigious sextet of piano (Ethan Iverson), synthesizer (Colin Fowler), trombone (Jacob Garshik), Theremin (Rob Schwimmer), soprano saxophone (Sam Newsome), percussion (Vincent Sperrazza) and vocals (Clinton Curtis). While Iverson’s score takes its cues from classical music, rather than rock and roll, the style and feel of the music references the original album.

 

Through 10 performances and auxiliary activities between August 2020 and March 2021 in cities across the United States, MMDG will deepen audience engagement to bring this colorful full-company work to close to 10,000 people across Brooklyn, Orlando, Iowa City, Richmond, and Philadelphia.

 

MMDG is currently in dialogue with its presenters to develop tailored engagement programs in each tour city, including the following activities:

  • 2 pre- and post- show talks with Ethan Iverson, Mark Morris, company dancers or musicians discussing the creation of the work and the music elements involved;
  • 3 Master Classes for dance students at schools and universities led by company members and accompanying musicians;
  • 1 theremin demonstration with Rob Schwimmer;
  • 2 Dance with MMDG workshops for people of all ages and abilities led by company members with accompanying musicians;
  • 2 Dance for PD (Parkinson’s Disease) classes incorporating Pepperland music and choreography led by Program Director David Leventhal;
  • 1 dance accompaniment workshop for musicians, focused on music for dance.

Pepperland’s unprecedented music ensemble, choreography and community engagement programming will inspire audience members across generations through ingenuity, musicality, and wit for which the company is known.

Project Media

Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland – Promo with Audience Reactions from Liverpool
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This video features reactions and perspectives from musicians, dancers, and audience members following the premiere of Pepperland in Liverpool, England in May 2017. MMDG Company Dancers featured include: Mica Bernas, Sam Black, Durell R. Comedy, Rita Donahue, Domingo Estrada, Jr., Lesley Garrison, Lauren Grant, Sarah Haarmann, Brian Lawson, Laurel Lynch, Dallas Mcmurray, Brandon Randolph, Nicole Sabella, Billy Smith, Noah Vinson. This video was filmed in May 2017 and was produced by The Hatch.

Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland Trailer
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This work sample highlights the original music composed for Pepperland by Ethan Iverson and features clips of dance company members performing original choreography by Mark Morris. MMDG Company Dancers featured include: Mica Bernas, Sam Black, Durell R. Comedy, Rita Donahue, Domingo Estrada, Jr., Lesley Garrison, Lauren Grant, Sarah Haarmann, Brian Lawson, Laurel Lynch, Dallas Mcmurray, Brandon Randolph, Nicole Sabella, Billy Smith, Noah Vinson. This video was produced by HdK for Dance Consortium in 2019.

Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland – Importance of The Music
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Pepperland musician Rob Schwimmer (thereminist) and Pepperland composer, arranger, and musician Ethan Iverson (pianist) highlight music’s impact on the audience experience and engagement. MMDG Company Dancers featured include: Mica Bernas, Sam Black, Durell R. Comedy, Rita Donahue, Domingo Estrada, Jr., Lesley Garrison, Lauren Grant, Sarah Haarmann, Brian Lawson, Laurel Lynch, Dallas Mcmurray, Brandon Randolph, Nicole Sabella, Billy Smith, Noah Vinson. This video was produced by HdK for Dance Consortium in 2019.

Start and End Dates

01/01/202101/01/1970

Location

Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York
Acclaimed as one of the world’s foremost dance groups and led by “the most prolific, inventive, and gifted choreographer of our time” (The Independent), the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) is a cultural institution based in the heart of Brooklyn with global reach and impact. Each year, MMDG serves approximately 60,000 audience members around the…

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