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    Conversation with... Mark Morris

    Friday, March 4, 2011
    7:30 PM

    New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, in celebration of the Centenary of its Society, continues its “Conversations with...” series and is proud to present Lois Oppenheim in discussion with Mark Morris. Filmed excepts from Mark Morris’ expansive body of work will be screened in conjunction with the discussion.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

    Mark Morris was born on August 29, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, where he studied as a young man with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson.

    In the early years of his career, he performed with Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, Eliot Feld, and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980, and has since created more than 120 works for the company. From 1988–1991, he was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. Among the works created during his tenure were three evening-length dances: The Hard Nut; L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; and Dido and Aeneas. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris is also much in demand as a ballet choreographer. He has created seven works for the San Francisco Ballet since 1994 and received commissions from American Ballet Theatre, and the Boston Ballet, among others. His work is also in the repertory of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, New Zealand Ballet, Houston Ballet, English National Ballet, and The Royal Ballet. Morris is noted for his musicality and has been described as “undeviating in his devotion to music.” He has worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Morris was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 1991. He has received nine honorary doctorates to date.

    In 2001, he opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY, his company’s first permanent headquarters in the US which also houses rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children, as well as a school offering dance classes to students of all ages. In 2006, Morris received the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture and a WQXR Gramophone Special Recognition Award. He is the subject of a biography by Joan Acocella (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Marlowe & Company published a volume of photographs and critical essays entitled Mark Morris’ L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato: A Celebration.

    Morris is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 2007, he received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival lifetime achievement award.

    Dr. Lois Oppenheim is Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University where she teaches courses in literature and psychoanalysis. She is also a Scholar Associate Member of New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI) and an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. She has authored or edited ten books, including A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2005, and has an eleventh currently in press: Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion (forthcoming, Routledge). Dr. Oppenheim’s current research is in the area of neuro-psychoanalysis and creativity As a former professional dancer, and currently as a distinguished academic in the field of French and comparative literature, Dr. Oppenheim completed the Scholar Associate Program at NYPSI to deepen her application of psychoanalysis to the performing and literary arts. She is in the second year as host of the popular “Conversations with...” series of interviews with acclaimed artists and authors at NYPSI. Dr. Oppenheim is also co-creator of the forthcoming documentary about mental health stigma entitled How to Touch a Hot Stove.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •