American Joy – The Ballets of Paul Taylor and Mark Morris



Day course

Bridgett Vane

10 November 2021


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The word joyous is not one that springs to mind when looking at some comtemporary dance, yet this word and many other similar adjectives – ‘sunny’, ‘lyrical’, ‘humourous’ – can all be used to describe the works of these two master dance makers: Americans Paul Taylor and Mark Morris. The two choreographers share a common thread in how they have absorbed in their art influences from many different styles of dance: contemporary, ballet, flamenco and folk. Both are inspired by wonderful music – from Baroque to Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and the Beatles. Paul Taylor (1930-2018) studied with many of the greats of 20th century dance: Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, Anthony Tudor and George Balanchine. Mark Morris (1956-) danced with several companies – many founded by ex-Tayor dancers – before setting up his own.

This presentation will showcase their work and feature particularly Taylor’s Brandenburgs (to music from Bach’s Brandenburg concertos 3 and 6) and Morris’ L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderator by George Fredrick Handel.

Tutor information

Bridgett Vane trained as a dancer and dance teacher. After running a dancing and theatrical retail business, she was press and marketing manager for Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre. A former dance adviser to Southern Arts Association, she was a founder of Southampton Dance Circle, and assisted in the running of the Southern Region of the Royal Academy of Dancing. Bridgett’s work is based on extensive up-to-the-minute research, combining her knowledge and engagement with ballet and dance with a passion for history.

Covid information

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Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.