Seattle native son Mark Morris, one of the most significant figures in dance to come out of this country in the late 20th-, now early 21st-century, highlights a December 6 - 15 performance run of Hard Nut by the Mark Morris Group at the Paramount Theatre, with this evening devoted to conversation about his remarkable new book, Out Loud: A Memoir (Penguin Press, co-written with Wesley Stace).
All manner of great stories are here. “Out Loud is the story of a brilliant, complex artist, a keen observer and interpreter of the world around him, guided by one constant purpose: to create dance. This hard-to-put-down book illuminates the mind of an irreducible visionary and the art form that shaped him.” —Yo-Yo Ma.
“Rollicking, uninhibited and refreshingly raw. . . Whizzing through these adventures with him feels a lot like being in the audience at one of his lively post-performance question-and-answer sessions, where Morris the everlasting bon vivant delights in holding the spotlight, typically with a wine glass in hand. . . Out Loud takes us on a swift-paced ride through a fascinating life whose joys and setbacks are viewed with a sharp eye and often dry humor. Nothing is belabored. In his writing as in his dances, Morris has a light hand. But his memoir is about more than the making of a choreographer. It’s about the layering on of self-worth, and how a solid sense of who you are can equip you to survive all kinds of hell.” —The Washington Post.
We will see about the wine glass … Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company in association with Seattle Theatre Group. Tickets, with options for one and two people and copies of Out Loud, as well as a student/low income-option. Mark Morris will be appearing in conversation with musician, podcaster and writer John Roderick.
Mark Morris Dance Group’s December 6 - 15 production of Hard Nut at the Paramount is presented by STG and Broadway at the Paramount.