Mark Morris, “the most successful and influential choreographer alive and, indisputably, the most musical” (The New York Times), was born on August 29, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, where he studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980, and has since created more than 150 works for the company. From 1988–1991, he was director of dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Much in demand as a ballet choreographer, Mark’s works are found in the repertories of many companies worldwide. SF Ballet has enjoyed a long, rich relationship him and our repertory currently includes nine of his works, eight of which are commissions. Mark also works extensively in opera, directing and choreographing at the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and London’s The Royal Opera, among others. Mark opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in 2001 to provide a home for his dance group, rehearsal space for the dance community, programs for local children and seniors, and dance classes for students of all ages and abilities. He has received numerous awards and accolades, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1991, eleven honorary doctorates to date, and the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award, just to name a few.