PERFORMING ARTS

Out Loud: A Memoir

Penguin Pr. Oct. 2019. 384p. photos. ISBN 9780735223073. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780735223097. DANCE
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Morris, founder of Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), continues to have a vibrant dance presence, with new choreography that debuted in July and revivals performed throughout the world. Like his dance philosophy (“I make it up and you watch it”), here Morris, and novelist-musician Stace (Wonderkid; Misfortune) are forthright, often funny, and unafraid to ruffle feathers, slotting gossipy tidbits next to soul-searching revelations and philosophical discussions on the nature of dance. Frequent personal photos add interest. The subjects of Morris’s disses include himself (“vulgar,” “mean,” “a bully,”), as well as lovers, dance associates, and choreographers (“a creep,” “a tin ear,” “ham-fisted”). Morris bounces from grateful to arrogant and back again, exploring his childhood, his sexuality, the inside scoop on MMDG past and present, and dance and choreography in general.
VERDICT “Why the hell not?” was Morris’s guide in more than one situation. A must for dance libraries, and why the hell not for most public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

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