Haute Event: New York Psychoanalytic Society Presents Conversations with Choreographer Mark Morris

“Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”  For Mark Morris, these words have embodied his life’s work as a dancer and choreographer.

As part of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s “Conversations with…” series, tonight, famed choreographer Mark Morris will be the topic on hand in discussion with Lois Oppenheim, Ph.D, a Scholar Associate Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Society.

Morris has trained with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson and in his young years performed with Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, and Eliot Feld and later partnered with another famed dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov in the founding of their company The White Oak Dance Project. Morris has been critically acclaimed for his works that have been commissioned for a slew of companies such as The San Francisco Ballet, The American Ballet Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, The New Youkr City Opera, as well as others. His most recent claim to fame, The Hard Nut, his original 1991 work revamped and blasted back on The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s stage over the holidays, was originated during his tenure as The Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium.

Throughout his career, his vision has graced a number of stages and then in 1980, he created his own—The Mark Morris Dance Group, which has just celebrated its 30th Anniversary of creating experiences and careers for students of all ages. He has created over 120 works for the company and continues to embrace his passion as a true artist and devotee to music and dance.

This evening, filmed excerpts from Mark Morris’ expansive body of work will be screened in conjunction with the discussion, most definitely a fete for lovers of movement, culture, and a insight into the mind of an impressive man.

The event will take place TONIGHT, Feb. 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., call 212.879.6900 or email admdir@nypsa.org.

The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is located at 247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Visit www.psychoanalysis.org for more information.