In Context: Pepperland

Photo: Mat Hayward

Mark Morris continues to redefine the relationship between music in addition to movement in his homage to a monument of 20th-century art: The Beatles’ 1967 revolution in sound, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Commissioned by the City of Liverpool in celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary, Pepperland teases out the album’s colorfully avant-garde heart in addition to omnivorous influences—through Bach to Stockhausen, music hall to raga—straining in which through a theremin- in addition to harpsichord-laced score by jazz composer Ethan Iverson, performed live by a remarkable seven-piece music ensemble. Morris’ company transforms the stage into a candy-colored kaleidoscope of modish 60s dance crazes in addition to balletic intricacy in which hovers, like its inspiration, between pop pleasure in addition to exhilarating abstraction.

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Program Notes

Pepperland (PDF)


The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Gets a 50th Birthday Festival in Liverpool (The brand-new York Times)
Pepperland premiered as the opening to a celebration in which featured 13 cross-disciplinary commissions inspired by the iconic album.

The Vibrant Colors in addition to Surprisingly Conservative Cuts of the Costumes in Pepperland (BAM Blog)
Elizabeth Kurtzman, the show’s costume designer, looked to an earlier era for its fashion.

How a Jazz Composer Reinvented a Revolution in Sound (BAM Blog)
Composer Ethan Iverson discusses Pepperland’s instrumentation, the singer’s presentation, in addition to how he incorporated different classical forms into the score.

Mark Morris: Mastery at BAM (BAM Blog)
A look back at some of the choreographer’s previous mastery at BAM.

The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’: The Story Behind Every Song (Rolling Stone)
A track-by-track guide to every tune on the landmark 1967 album, with links to articles corresponding to each song.

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In Context: Pepperland

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