“A truly joyous, celebratory work of art … a brilliant homage to one of the great rock albums.” —The Telegraph
Brimming with the ingenuity and humanity Mark Morris’s work is known for, Pepperland is a “gorgeously entertaining and witty tribute” (The Guardian) to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released 50 years ago. Live musicians—including horns and a theremin—perform Ethan Iverson’s (formerly of the Bad Plus) arrangements of selected Sgt. Pepper songs plus Iverson originals inspired by the blues, jazz, music hall and raga styles that made the album such an eclectic delight. With costumes echoing London ’60s mod, the dancers capture the freedom and energy of the era in deft, nuanced choreography that celebrates the music’s still-surprising range and originality.
Post-performance discussions Thursday & Saturday
Part of SHIFT: an array of live arts that kick off summer at the Hop, harkening back to the creative disruption of the 1960s and shifting how we think about music, drama, and identity.