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Luminato Festival: Mark Morris Dance Group’s Legendary L’Allegro

The Mark Morris Dance Group performs its masterpiece at the Luminato Festival (photo: Jim Steere)

The Mark Morris Dance Group performs its masterpiece at the Luminato Festival (photo: Jim Steere)

JUNE 21 TO 23  Lovers of the fine art often dabble in related interests, but rarely have diverse artistic fields been combined so effectively as in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s landmark production, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. Though created in 1988, the work—frequently hailed as one of the greatest dance pieces of the modern era—has never before been performed in Canada. Synthesizing Handel’s harmonies, Milton’s poetic verses, William Blake’s paintings, and, of course, Morris’s memorable choreography, the work employs 24 dancers, a team of vocalists and an orchestra to produce one of the 20th century’s most dazzling displays of artistic virtuosity. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. $45 to $95; call 416-368-4849 or visit luminatofestival.com for tickets and further details.  —Sam Cheung

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