Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description This exuberant work by the choreographer Mark Morris was created at the request of the City of Liverpool to inaugurate the “Sgt. Pepper at 50 Festival” in 2017, a tribute to the groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Renowned for his profound understanding of musical forms, Morris’ Pepperland teases out the album’s colorfully avant garde motifs through spirited movement and an inspired score by jazz composer Ethan Iverson.
The Pepperland score is performed by a unique music ensemble, featuring voice, theremin, soprano sax, trombone, piano, organ, harpsichord, and percussion. New arrangements of six songs from the album intermingle with six “Pepper-inspired” original pieces, illuminating the LP’s eclectic roots and influences from Bach to Stockhausen, and music hall to raga. In this homage to a monument of 20th-century culture, the costumes and sets explode with color, providing a candy-hued background for 15 dancers who combine modern takes on 60s dance crazes with their signature passion for musical interpretation.