2018 ANNUAL REPORT
“This company can wow in opera houses, but performances at its home bring out some of its most valuable qualities. It’s not just the intimacy, the chamber-music closeness to the appealing dancers and the excellent musicians who are always part of a Morris experience. It’s the ethos of the place, the liberating conviction that an unpretentious, egalitarian attitude is completely compatible with the highest standards of elite musicianship and art.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
RK MORRIS When I started this company in 1980, I never imagined it would grow into the remarkable organization it is today. We have outstanding artists and educators, a beautiful
dance center with flourishing programs, talented staff and volunteers, a devoted board, and a vibrant community of people who stand by our work to support it every step of
the way. Now this group is helping us take it even further, working to raise $25 million by 2020. Together, we are
going Above & Beyond! We are building three new studios, expanding programs, creating new dances and laying the
framework for continued operations for generations to come. This report shares the yearâ€™s accomplishments, work which would not have been possible without the unwavering
commitment of people like you. Thank you for helping us continue this wonderful (and hard!) work. See you at the Dance Center or at the next show.
PHOTO BY BEOWULF SHEEHAN
“I had only ever seen a few small contemporary dance pieces before and last night changed my whole perspective on dance. My friend and I laughed and cried. It was relaxing, exhilarating and uplifting. It was a special night and I just wanted to say thank you for making our lives a little brighter. A . S T E WA R T, A B E R D E E N , S COT L A N D
The company presented its 38th season of international
touring featuring select pieces from Morris’ 180+ repertory. Three full-evening works: the exuberant new Pepperland;
the tragic love story Layla and Majnun featuring the Silkroad Ensemble with Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova;
and the holiday classic The Hard Nut toured to ten cities.
Highlights of repertory shows included Mosaic and United, Excursions, and Morris conducting Gloria and A Lake.
At home in Brooklyn, MMDG produced its 7th series of
Dance Center Shows with two dynamic programs: Lou
Harrison’s centennial tribute, Lou 100: In Honor of the
Divine Mr. Harrison comprised of Paciﬁc, Numerator and
Grand Duo; and Solos, Duets, and Trios, which included the world premiere of Little Britten, and a rare performance of
From Old Seville with Morris reprising his role. The company
returned to Philadelphia after a 14-year absence with Morris as the Annenberg Center’s inaugural artist-in-residence.
WEEKS OF REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE
TOUR ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
LAYLA AND MAJNUN, PHOTO BY BEOWULF SHEEHAN
“Music is my raison d’être. It’s why I choreograph dances. It’s why I started a company and built a building and established a school in Brooklyn dedicated to the form and function of music and dance.” - MARK MORRIS
Live music is essential to Mark Morris and is present in all
facets of the organization. For Morris, all dances begin with the music. Musicians join dancers in the studio and work alongside them as Morris creates each new work. This
commitment to collaboration and musical excellence is led by Mark Morris and supported by the MMDG Music Ensemble and Music Director, Colin Fowler. This year, Morris himself joined the Ensemble, playing castanets in Serenade and
From Old Seville at The Dance Center Shows. He conducted the Durham Symphony Orchestra and North Carolina
Master Chorale at the American Dance Festival. Fowler, an
accomplished musician and conductor, performed on tour and conducted the Berkeley Symphony for The Hard Nut.
The company’s commitment to live music continued off stage,
throughout our School and into our education and community engagement activities, with classes accompanied by a
diverse roster of musicians, including DJs. To build the next generation of dance accompanists, the Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program expanded in its second year to include not only pianists, but all instrumentalists.
PEPPERLAND MUSICIANS, PHOTO BY MAT HAYWARD
“At the Mark Morris Dance Center they always viewed me as an individual and developed me as a dancer and as a person with my own challenges and strengths in mind. It’s an environment that embraces everyone’s differences and helps them to become not only better dancers, but better humans going out into the world.” ADELAIDE NELSON, FORMER STUDENT
The Mark Morris Dance Center is a vital cultural resource in the community. Inspired by Morris’ conviction that “dance
is for anybody,” MMDG deepened its commitment to access
and inclusion across all of its programming. We implemented a robust professional development series in which faculty
and staff explored and crafted strategies for inclusion with the goal of being a more welcoming space for those with and without disabilities and students of all ages who are transgender or gender non-conforming. In addition, we introduced inclusive and physically integrated classes. A new partnership with the Harkness Center for Dance
Injuries was launched to support the long-term health and wellness of professional dancers. This initiative provided
subsidized dance classes and free wellness workshops to over 75 dancers this year. We also continued supporting local artists and arts organizations by offering our seven
accessible, column-free studios at subsidized rates. In 2019, we will break ground on the construction of three new
studios that will allow for continued growth and service to Brooklyn and all of New York City.
STUDENTS PER WEEK
TEACHING ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS
CLASSES WITH LIVE MUSIC
SUBSIDIZED STUDIO HOURS FOR LOCAL ARTISTS NYCHA UNITY PLAZA, PHOTO BY PRINCE LANG
“The focus is not illness; it is living. It is self-expression, human connection, joie de vivre, beauty, love. It’s magic.” DA N C E F O R P D ® PA R T I C I PA N T
Dance for PD’s® groundbreaking dance classes for people
with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners continued to thrive. Flagship programs in NYC, offered at no charge
since 2001, expanded in all five boroughs.Through on-going Dance for PD PRO classes, the program deepened its
commitment to people with early onset Parkinson’s (those
under 60), an often-overlooked demographic. Collaborative partnerships with arts, academic and medical institutions flourished in cities around the world, from Cape Town to
Seoul. Through 14 rigorous workshops in 9 countries, Dance for PD trained more than 300 teaching artists, providing
them best practices and resources for expanded learning and engagement with the Parkinson’s community. A vital online
resource, DanceforPD.org supported and connected a global network of participants and practitioners. “At Home” DVDs
and streamed classes increased globally, bringing the power of dance and music into people’s everyday lives.
STREAMING VIEWERS PER MONTH
DANCE FOR PD®, PHOTO BY EDDIE MARRITZ
“Not every choreographer would have the energy to create an extra dance each year, just to store it away in a time capsule, but Morris is famously prolific.” DANCE MAGAZINE
The Dance Group has undertaken legacy planning, investing creative energy in the future of the company so that Mark Morris’ work may engage fans worldwide for generations
to come. The Dance Center, The School and the community engagement programs are vital parts of Morris’ legacy.
This year, Morris announced two elements of his legacy
plan. Dances for the Future and the Mark Morris Archive. With
Dances for the Future, Morris is creating a reserve of new works that will not premiere until he is no longer choreographing. This bold legacy plan provides a critical pathway for the company’s sustainability, meeting the demands of the
audiences for new work and providing a continued platform for performance of the vast repertory. The first dance in the series, as yet untitled, for 15 dancers to piano sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, was completed this year.
INNOVATIVE LEGACY PLAN
DANCE FOR THE FUTURE CHOREOGRAPHED
MARK MORRIS IN REHEARSAL, PHOTO BY BEOWULF SHEEHAN
“Mark Morris has done more to revive interest in, to dignify and illuminate classical music to a broad audience than any other conductor or musician of the last 20 years.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
The Dance Group is developing a comprehensive digital
archive of Mark Morris’ works spanning the earliest years
before the formation of the company in 1980 up through today. Once launched in 2020, this digital resource will
provide access for scholars, dancers, choreographers and dance enthusiasts. This year, archival staff digitized and
catalogued thousands of audiovisual materials including
performance videos, rehearsal footage, interviews, special events and post-show Q&As along with related materials
such as photographs, concert programs and press reviews.
PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS
PHYSICAL TAPES CATALOGUED TO THE ARCHIVE’S OPEN ACCESS DATABASE
ARCHIVED MATERIALS, PHOTO BY ZOE FEDELES
ARTISTS, STAFF & BOARD
MARK MORRIS Artistic Director NANCY UMANOFF Executive Director
as of June 30, 2018
DANCERS Mica Bernas, Sam Black, Durell R. Comedy, Brandon Cournay*, Domingo Estrada, Jr., Lesley Garrison, Lauren Grant, Sarah Haarmann, Aaron Loux, Laurel Lynch, Dallas McMurray, Brandon Randolph, Nicole Sabella, Christina Sahaida*, Billy Smith, Noah Vinson
MUSIC DIRECTOR Colin Fowler MUSIC ENSEMBLE This year MMDG engaged over 150 musicians as part of the MMDG Music Ensemble. Key Instrumentalists: Robert Belinić, Amir Farid, Jacob Garchik, Andrew Janss, Caitlin Lynch, Sam Newsome, Alan Richardson, Sean Ritenauer, Rob Schwimmer, Rachel Shapiro, Vinnie Sperrazza, Nicholas Tavani, Georgy Valtchev. Key Vocalists: Luthien Brackett, Sarah Brailey, Clinton Curtis. Guest Artists: Ethan Iverson, Alim Qasimov, Fargana Qasimova, Silkroad Ensemble PRODUCTION STAFF Director of Technical Production Johan Henckens Music Director Colin Fowler Lighting Supervisors Nick Kolin, Kate Bashore, Nicole Pierce Sound Supervisor Rory Murphy Costume Coordinator Stephanie Sleeper Wardrobe Supervisors Allie Pawlukojc, Alan Smith ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Fox Finance Manager Natalia Kurylak Finance Associate Emily Cheng Payroll Manager/Benefits Administrator Rebecca Hunt IT Director Aleksandr Kanevskiy Company Manager Jen Rossi Associate General Manager Geoff Chang Management Assistant Julia Weber Archive Project Manager Stephanie Neel Archive Project Associate Sandra Aberkalns Archive Project Assistant Regina Carra Archive Digitization Assistant Kareem Woods Retail Store Manager/Administrative Assistant Marianny Loveras Intern Carmel St. Hilaire
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Director of Development Michelle Amador Manager of Institutional Giving Sophie Mintz Manager of Individual Giving David Gracia Development Associate Makayla Santiago Director of Marketing Karyn LeSuer Marketing & Communications Associate Julie Dietel Web & Social Media Coordinator Joleen Richards Director of Education Sarah Marcus School Director Kelsey Ley Education Programs Coordinator Rachel Merry Community Education Programs Manager Alexandra Cook Education Programs Assistant Jessica Pearson Outreach Director Eva Nichols Dance for PD® Program Director David Leventhal Dance for PD® Programs and Engagement Manager Maria Portman Kelly Dance for PD® Programs Assistant Amy Bauman Dance for PD® Interns Kailey McLaughlin, Rachel Stanislawczyk Operations Manager Elise Gaugert Facilities Manager Mark Sacks Rental Programs Manager Annie Woller Operations Coordinator Aria Roach Front Desk Manager Tamika Daniels Front Desk Supervisor Dominique Terrell Front Desk Associates Mario Flores, Jr., Hunter Darnell, Roxie Maisel, Tiffany McCue, Kareem Woods Maintenance Jose Fuentes, Hector Mazariegos, James O’Neill, Orlando Rivera, Virginia Ross, Arturo Velazquez Booking Representation Michael Mushalla (Double M Arts & Events) Media and General Consultation Services William Murray (Better Attitude, Inc.) Legal Counsel Mark Selinger (McDermott, Will & Emery) Accountant O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins, LLP Orthopaedist David S. Weiss, M.D. (NYU Langone Medical Center) Physical Therapist Marshall Hagins, PT, PhD Hilot Therapist Jeffrey Cohen
Judith R. Fishman, Chairman David Resnicow, Vice-Chairman Mark Selinger, Vice-Chairman Isaac Mizrahi, Secretary Sarabeth Berman Frederick Bland Allan Bufferd Margaret Conklin Shelby Gans Sandy Hill Suzy Kellems Dominik Timothy J. McClimon Helen Meyer Mark Morris Ellen Offner Jane Stine Nancy Umanoff
DANCE FOR PD® ADVISORY BOARD Ellen Offner, M.B.A., Chair Ivan Bodis-Wollner, M.D., Sc.D., Research Committee Chair Toby Beazley Allan Bufferd, Sc.D., J.D. Linda Burt, M.A. Bevil Conway, Ph.D. Emme Levin Deland, M.B.A. Penny H. Feldman, Ph.D. Brad Fluegel, IL Pam Gill, R.N., M.A. Gene Gurkoff, Esq. Patrick Haggard, Ph.D., Mark Hallett, M.D. Claire Henchcliffe, M.D., D.Phil. Stacey Lee, M.S.W. Eve Marder, Ph.D. Cynthia McRae, Ph.D. Eli Pollard R. Lucia Riddle Robert T. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D. Edward I. Rudman Susan Sherwin Laurita Thomas
MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE INDIVIDUALS, INSTITUTIONS, CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHO CONTRIBUTED IN FISCAL YEAR 2018. CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP: AMBASSADORS WITH GREAT THANKS TO OUR BOARD AND CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS SUZY KELLEMS DOMINIK AND JUDITH R. FISHMAN, WE HONOR THE DEDICATED COMMUNITY OF SUPPORTERS WHOSE TRANSFORMATIVE COMMITMENTS FROM JULY 1, 2016 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2018 HAVE HELPED US GO ABOVE & BEYOND. WHETHER THROUGH SINGLE-YEAR CAMPAIGN, CAPITAL, ENDOWMENT, EDUCATION OR MULTI-YEAR CONTRIBUTION, THESE AMBASSADORS ARE PROVIDING A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE: $500,000+ Doris Duke Charitable Foundation • Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman • Suzy Kellems Dominik • The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation • Helen and John Meyer / Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and Council Member Helen Rosenthal • New York State Council on the Arts Regional Economic Development Council • $250,000-$499,999 American Express • Howard Hodgkin Estate • Stavros Niarchos Foundation • PARC Foundation • $100,000-$249,999 Allan and Rhea Bufferd Education Fund • Isaac Mizrahi and Arnold Germer • Howard Gilman Foundation • Elizabeth Amy Liebman • Diane E. Solway and David Resnicow • Margaret Conklin and David Sabel • Jane Stine and Robert L. Stine • The White Cedar Fund • $50,000-$99,999 Shelby Gans and Frederick Gans • Hearst Foundations • Mark Morris • National Endowment for the Arts • Poss Family Foundation • $25,000-$49,999 Robert E. Hansmann • John and Tommye Ireland (in memoriam) • Harris A. Berman & Ruth Nemzoff Family Foundation • Phoebe Taubman and Craig Nerenberg • Ellen and Arnold Offner • Sarabeth Berman and Evan Osnos • Jerome Robbins Foundation • Rolex Institute • Nancy Umanoff • Zeitz Foundation • $10,000-$24,999 Frederick and Morley Bland • Bloomberg Philanthropies • Charles and Birgit Blyth • Emily G. Buck Fund of The New York Community Trust • Chervenak-Nunnalle Foundation • Mark Selinger and Iris Cohen • Belden and Pamela Daniels • June O. Goldberg • Peter W. and Monika Greenleaf • Sandy Hill • Gene and Stella Reddick • John H. Loux and Carol R. Sanders • June and Jeffrey Wolf • $5,000-$9,999 Valerie Rubsamen and Cedomir Crnkovic • Caroline and Paul Cronson • Jean Cunningham • Sharon DeLano • Susan and Gary DeLong • John S. Ireland • Richard Rubinstein and Katherine Kolbert • The Herman Liebmann Fund • Michael and Liz Maher • Timothy J. McClimon • Robert Ouimette • Lee and Cokie Perry • Cynthia Hazen and Leon B. Polsky • Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lisa Rinehart • Carissa and John Schlosser • The Evelyn Sharp Foundation • Mark and Carol Willis • Robert and Sharon Yoerg • $1,000-$4,999 Rosalind and Walter Bernheimer • Christine H. Campbell • Carol Yorke and Gerard Conn • Michael and Nancy Feller • Carolyn George • Melissa Koval • Margaret Mastrianni • Patricia McGrath • Virginia M. Minges • Daniel and Rebecca Okrent • Elizabeth Rose and William Hurt Sledge • Mary R. Waters ANNUAL FRIENDS OF MMDG OUR ANNUAL CONTRIBUTORS PROVIDE A BEDROCK OF SUPPORT FOR YEARLY ACTIVITIES. MMDG IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE FOLLOWING CONTRIBUTORS WHOSE SUPPORT MADE OUR WORK IN FISCAL YEAR 2018 POSSIBLE: $100,000+ New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and Council Member Helen Rosenthal • $50,000-$99,999 The Shubert Foundation • PopSockets, LLC • National Endowment for the Arts • The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation • $25,000-$49,999 Jamie Gorelick and Richard Waldhorn • The SHS Foundation • $10,000-$24,999 The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation • Billy Rose Foundation • Trust for Mutual Understanding • Megara Foundation • Kenneth Aidekman Family Foundation • Arnow Family Fund • Lynn B. Glaser • Macduff and Twyla Hughes • Leatherwood Foundation • Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund • $5,000-$9,999 Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts • Con Edison • Marta Heflin Foundation • SingerXenos • $2,500$4,999 Anonymous • Jane E. Aaron • Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation • New York City Department for the Aging, Brooklyn Borough President • Natalia Bulgari • Mary E. Darmstaetter • First Republic Bank • Stephen M. Foster • The Jaffe Family Foundation • Carol McFate and Robert Jensen • Deborah Krulewitch • Manson Family and Stanley J. Wertheimer Fund Donor • Emily F. Omura • Judith Sachs • San Antonio Area Foundation • Emmanuel R. Torrijos • Francis H. Williams • Eve Marder Ph.D. and Arthur Wingfield • $1,000-$2,499 Anonymous • The Amphion Foundation, Inc. • Emanuel and Yoko Ax • BAM • Lane Heard and Margaret Bauer • Judith Bernsen • Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein • Ara Guzelimian and Jan Clough • Dau Family Foundation • Cecile David-Weill • Nicolette Donen • Edith and Ed Drcar • Gale Epstein • Jean Espenshade • Thomas G. Evans • Robert Buckholz and Anne Elizabeth Fontaine • Gretchen Galbraith • Gillett and John Gilbert Jr. • Joan and Burt Grant • Cheryl Green • Guggenheim Partners • Roberta and Joe Hellman • John Hoffee • Juliet Burrows and Kim Hostler • Cathryn Collins and Gerald Imber • Frances J. Ingebritson • Linda Johnson • Stephen Judson • James and Maxine Kaler • Linda and Benjamin V. Lambert • Fred and Jean Leventhal • Jane and Laurence Levine • Robert Littman • William W. Lockwood Jr. • Greg and Liz Lutz • Barbara T. Martin • Kinder Morgan Foundation • Kristine Morris • Thomas W. and Jane A. Morris • Joe W. Munzenrider • Robert and Mary Munzenrider • Lynda Myles • Joan P. Nordell • Dianne E. O’Donnell • Jill Parker • The L.E. Phillips Family Foundation, Inc. • The Pinkus Foundation • Judith J. Plows • Heather Randall • Gregg Rockefeller • Richard and Mary-Kathryn Roelofs • Seth Rosenberg • Jennifer Rothenberg • Fiona Rudin • Kenneth Sandler • Schneer Foundation • Jeffrey and Kim Seely • Cindy Sherman • Silicon Valley Community Foundation • Angela and Joel Solomon • Peter Speliopoulos • Patsy Tarr • Grace and John Timberlake • Janet Traub • Viad Corp. • Judith Weisfuse • John and Linda Young • E. Richard Yulman • Joseph Yurcik • Michael and Rachel Zamsky LEGACY GIVING Individuals who name the Mark Morris Dance Group in estate plans through bequests, gift annuities, charitable trusts, and beneficiary designations, ensure a strong future for the organization. MMDG gratefully acknowledges legacy gifts and future commitments made in fiscal year 2018 from: Roger Downey, Bruce Wilson. MMDG also acknowleges members of our community who have passed and gifts made this fiscal year in honor of Leonore Gordon, Kathleen Howard, Carolyn Scheele, John Lawton, Hallie Leighton. IN KIND CONTRIBUTORS Betty Bakery • Champion Vending • Damascus Bakery • Fairway • Google • Greene Grape • Harvest Snaps • Kind Bar Snacks • McDermott Will & Emery • Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. • Resnicow + Associates • Susana Millman • Noosa Yogurt • Six Point Brewery • Stop & Shop • Katherine Teck • Charlie Tobey • Trader Joe’s
This year has been tremendously rewarding. We publicly launched Mark Morris: Above and Beyond, a campaign that was years in the making. In 2016, when we reached out to many of our longstanding partners
– from lead foundation supporters, to government officials, to board
members and individuals – to ask for seed funding for our plans, we did not know what the response might be. We are deeply grateful to our
Campaign Leadership and Ambassadors, whose support has transformed our organization, enabling us to plan with confidence in ways that
would have otherwise been impossible. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity that you and so many have expressed, helping us reach
critical benchmarks along the way as we continue to pursue our goal of $25 million by 2020. Thank you.
Of course, the work does not end here. To meet our goal, we must
engage a broader community than ever before. We invite you to get
more deeply involved as we strive to raise the remaining funds. Please
connect with us if you would like to work more specifically on any aspect
DANCE GROUP Supporting creativity and artistic excellence to continue and expand operations FY16-20.
of this campaign. We welcome your participation.
DANCE CENTER Adding 3 new studios and enhancing community programs to bring the joy of dance to more people.
Thank you, again, for your dedicated support. We look forward to the
DANCE FUTURE Investing in Mark
70% RAISED 80% RAISED
Morris’ legacy to carve a pathway for future generations.
PHOTOS BY BEOWULF SHEEHAN
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