Pepperland, Mark Morris Dance Group, Sadler’s Wells, review: the trip of a lifetime with the Beatles

Pepperland, Mark Morris Dance Group, Sadler’s Wells
Pepperland, Mark Morris Dance Group, Sadler’s Wells Credit: Alastair Muir

Last Sunday, Mark Morris became I think the first ever guest on Radio 3’s Private Passions to choose only self-contained pieces, on the grounds that he can’t stand music being faded out. It speaks volumes about him: now 62, the Seattle-born barefoot luminary is arguably the most musically minded, formally punctilious contemporary choreographer there has ever been.

Pepperland, his 50th-anniversary tribute to the Beatles’ game-changing album of 1967, was premiered two year ago in (of course) Liverpool, and this week is paying its first visit to London. And what tremendous, exultant fun it is – an hour-long, interval-free piece that draws you into the strange, wonderful, kaleidoscopic world of the...

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