October 01, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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Modern dance ensemble Mark Morris Dance Group will perform with live music on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The evening's program includes five pieces: Excursions, A Wooden Tree, Words, Ten Suggestions, and Polka.

Founded in New York in 1980 by artistic director/choreographer Mark Morris, MMDG has been called "the pre-eminent modern dance organization of our time" (Yo-Yo Ma), receiving "highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity." (Bloomberg News).

In 1986 MMDG made its first national television program for the PBS series Dance in America. Two years later, the group was invited to become the national dance company of Belgium, and spent three years in residence at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. The company returned to the United States in 1991 as one of the world's leading dance companies. From the company's many London seasons, it has garnered two Laurence Olivier Awards.

The Dance Group tours domestically and internationally to great acclaim, and is distinguished as the only modern dance company with a commitment to live music at every performance, founding the MMDG Music Ensemble in 1996.

MMDG also regularly collaborates with eminent musicians across genres, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mezzosoprano Stephanie Blythe, jazz trio The Bad Plus, the London Symphony Orchestra, baroque orchestras Tafelmusik and Philharmonia Baroque, as well as opera companies such as The Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera.

Community engagement is woven throughout the company's activities, both at its Brooklyn home, the Mark Morris Dance Center, as well as on tour through its Access/MMDG programming. The Dance Group brings opportunities for dance, music, talks, panels, and education to young children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and underserved populations.

In Brooklyn, MMDG's Dance, Music & Literacy Project introduces school children to the performing and visual arts through a 10-week in-school residency that culminates in performances and conversations with the Dance Group. MMDG also offers free dance classes to youth and senior residents of Brooklyn public housing in cooperation with New York City Housing Authority.

Dance for PD®, in partnership with Brooklyn Parkinson's Group, provides teacher training and free classes for people with Parkinson's disease in more than 100 communities in eight countries around the world.

Tickets for the performance are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Special online-only discounted rate for youth who are studying dance -- $5 for youth 18 and under. The code must be redeemed online at www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Enter code FANCYFEET as the special offer code. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a modern dance performance piece called Pavement by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter