In this 2024 State of the Arts feature, we meet the internationally-renowned choreographer Mark Morris at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn and at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, where the dance company that bears his name has performed dozens of times over its four-decade history. Excerpts from a 1988 interview filmed by State of the Arts are woven into this look into the dance master’s creative process. Morris considers himself to be a musician first and explains that all his choreography has its roots in the music. He’s created dances to works by Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, the Beatles, Burt Bacherah, and everyone in between. The company’s recent Princeton performance featured works by Ivor Cutler, Igor Stravinsky, Harry Partch and Samuel Barber.

Eric G. Schultz produced and directed the feature for State of the Arts. Joe Conlon was the Director of Photography and Dan Gordon narrates.