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Stephanie Jordan presents Radio 4 feature on Mark Morris

Professor Stephanie Jordan, a leading expert on Mark Morris’s choreography, presented 'Mark Morris: The Wild Card of Dance' on BBC Radio 4 [26 June].

Posted: 4 July 2014

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Mark Morris, the subject of Professor Stephanie Jordan's Radio 4 programme.
The programme explored Morris’s work and personality, and the community ethos of his modern-dance company. The programme was ‘pick of the day’ in the Telegraph and listed as ‘choice’ in both the Times and Radio Times.

Professor Jordan said: “Mark Morris is known for his anarchic and witty personality as much as his distinctive style of dance, his emphasis on music has helped to make him one of the most respected choreographers in America.”

Professor Jordan is fascinated by Morris’s musicality and her book Choreographing Music: The Work of Mark Morris will be published next year. The Mark Morris Dance Group has used Professor Jordan’s pioneering ‘choreomusical’ research into how the music informs understanding of a dance to highlight the crucial role music plays in Morris’s work.

In addition to interviewing Morris for the programme, Professor Jordan spoke to two of his dancers, Lauren Grant and Sam Black, and the dance critics Joan Acocella of the New Yorker and Alastair Macaulay of the New York Times. She also had privileged access to the company’s rehearsals at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, before performances in November 2013.

The Radio 4 feature is Professor Jordan’s second public presentation on Mark Morris this year. In April, as a visiting scholar at the San Francisco Ballet, she gave three public lectures, including one about Morris.

Her Radio 4 programme is available to listen to via the BBC website.

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