Mark Morris: Why the Public Fears Modern Dance

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Mark Morris: Why the Public Fears Modern Dance
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions - The Dance Center
Praised as a refreshingly irreverent master, sometimes derided as a gimmicky smart-alec, Mark Morris has earned a reputation as one of the world's leading modern dance choreographers.

Critics have not always been sure what to make of Morris -- or whether to take him seriously. Morris has collaborated with classical star Yo-Yo Ma, as well as Baryshnikov. Morris' work is often grounded in classical forms. Morris says his choreography develops from the score, and his works are set to everything from Bach and Handel to country-western's Louvin Brothers and rock's Violent Femmes. He discusses his artistry with PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeff Brown.

REHEARSAL CLIP: Mark Morris leads and critiques his company in a rehearsal of several dance routines. Watch this exclusive behind the scenes footage of the rehearsal session.

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