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A Big Finish . . . For Another Great Season at The Pillow

Dance: Jacob’s Pillow
Mark Morris Dance Group in “V,” Photo: Robbie Jack

There are almost no movements in a Mark Morris dance that look like conventional dance steps. The basic building blocks of locomotion we learn as children in a modern dance class are all there: walk, run, slide, skip, gallop, jump, leap. But Morris’s dancers also crawl, scooch and lumber, and they gesture and mime, neither of which usually sit comfortably in a dance piece. Rarely do they jeté, passé, or pirouette, though many of the dancers are highly trained in classical technique and capable of fluttering battements all day long.

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