Recommended Dance: THE LOOK OF LOVE (Mark Morris Dance Group World Premiere at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica)

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by Nia Liat on October 3, 2022

in Dance,Theater-Regional,Tours


The Look of Love reunites
Choreographer Mark Morris and jazz composer Ethan Iverson
to create a new work showcasing the music of Burt Bacharach.

Co-commissioned by BroadStage, the world premiere of Mark Morris Dance Group’s The Look of Love, an evening of dance to the music of Burt Bacharach, will take place at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage October 20-23, 2022, with subsequent performances to follow at leading performing arts centers worldwide. Visit Broad Stage for tickets and information. The Look of Love features original choreography by Mark Morris and new musical arrangements by Ethan Iverson. The evening-length compilation of more than a dozen Bacharach hits, will be performed by company dancers accompanied by the MMDG Music Ensemble, consisting of piano, trumpet, bass, and percussion, with lead vocals by singer, actress, and Broadway star Marcy Harriell.

After the world premiere on Thursday, October 20, you can join a sumptuous after-party, The Look of Love: Celebration. Show your commitment to learning through the arts and provide support for BroadStage’s Activations, which create and develop opportunities for arts education and for engaging a variety of communities. Stay for opening night, then party the night away! Tickets available here.

The Look of Love will be the tenth evening-length work of the prolific Morris’s career, following 2017’s Pepperland, which showcased the work of musical legends, The Beatles. This production is Morris’s first created to the music of Burt Bacharach, and will include 14 songs by the multi-Grammy-award winning pop composer and songwriter: There’s Always Something There to Remind Me, Message to Michael, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Walk on By, Are You There (With Another Girl), I Say A Little Prayer, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, What the World Needs Now Is Love, Don’t Make Me Over, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Alfie, The Look of Love, and The Blob. “Always engaging melodically, always surprising rhythmically, with a touch of melancholy and a striving hope, Bacharach’s marvelous music calls out for dancing,” says Morris. “There is a rich range of emotion, point of view, and dynamics in Bacharach’s (and lyricist Hal David’s) amazing compositions, both the very familiar and the relatively obscure. The Look of Love will be an action-packed, varied, song and dance show, with something for everyone … a moving return to live theater.” 

In addition to Bacharach and Iverson, Morris’s creative team for The Look of Love includes other frequent collaborators: designer Isaac Mizrahi and lighting designer Nicole Pearce. “For many years, I’ve wanted to see my music reimagined in some kind of theatrical production – not just a jukebox musical formula of songs, but an original work with its own story and appeal,” says Bacharach. “I’ve found an ideal collaborator in Mark Morris, whose brilliant choreography and deep musicality give songs new meaning and dimension through movement. Like a great melody, his dances evoke an atmosphere and inspire feelings, and I think that’s just what the world needs now. I’m excited to see how Morris and his creative team bring my songs to the stage in The Look of Love.

photos by Christopher Duggan

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
October 26-29, 2022
The Look of Love

Gogue Performing Arts at Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
November 8, 2022
The Look of Love

Detroit Opera (Detroit, MI)
December 3-4, 2022
The Hard Nut

Modlin Center for the Arts (Richmond, VA)
January 27, 2023
The Look of Love

Performance Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM)
February 7, 2023

George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center (Manassas, VA)
February 11, 2023

Cal Performances, UC Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
February 17-19, 2023
The Look of Love

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, IL)
April 14-15, 2023
The Look of Love

UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures (Santa Barbara, CA)
May 6, 2023
The Look of Love

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