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Out Loud

Wesley Stace

From the most brilliant and audacious choreographer of our time, the exuberant tale of a young dancer’s rise to the pinnacle of the performing arts world, and the triumphs and perils of creating work on his own terms—and staying true to himself

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Before Mark Morris became “the most successful and influential choreographer alive” (The New York Times), he was a six year-old in Seattle cramming his feet into Tupperware glasses so that he could practice walking on pointe.
Moving to New York at nineteen, he arrived to one of the great booms of dance in America. . Morris was flat broke but found a group of likeminded artists that danced together, travelled together, slept together. This collective, led by Morris’s fiercely original vision, became the famed Mark Morris Dance Group.

Suddenly, Morris was making a fast ascent. Celebrated by The New Yorker’s critic as one of the great young talents, an androgynous beauty in the vein of Michelangelo’s David, he and his company had arrived. Collaborations with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, Lou Harrison, and Howard Hodgkin followed. And so did controversy: from the circus of his tenure at La Monnaie in Belgium to his work on the biggest flop in Broadway history. But through the Reagan-Bush era, the worst of the AIDS epidemic, through rehearsal squabbles and backstage intrigues, Morris emerged as one of the great visionaries of modern dance, a force of nature with a dedication to beauty and a love of the body, an artist as joyful as he is provocative.

Out Loud is the bighearted and outspoken story of a man as formidable on the page as he is on the boards. With unusual candour and disarming wit, Morris’s memoir captures the life of a performer who broke the mold, a brilliant misfit who found his home in the collective and liberating world of music and dance.

Critic Reviews

An implacable sense of the fragility of life and art haunts this memoir... A memorably unvarnished self-portrait of the artist - not just a great dance memoir, but a passionate manifesto for the arts as a universal birthright: the guardian, reflection and critic of a civilised society.

Critic Reviews

Out Loud takes us on a swift-paced ride through a fascinating life whose joys and setbacks are viewed with a sharp eye and often dry humour. Nothing is belaboured. In his writing as in his dances, Morris has a light hand. But his memoir is about more than the making of a choreographer. It’s about the layering on of self-worth.

Washington Post
Critic Reviews

The audacious choreographer holds little back in this candid, compelling memoir.
[Mark Morris's] dance works, performed to live music, have the directness of an arrow to the heart ...He has a voice offstage too - honest (sometimes brutally so), funny, rigorous unwilling to suffer a fool gladly. That authentic Morris tone springs beautifully from this pages of this revealing memoir...I loved every word of insight into the mind of a master.

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

Morris is illuminating about his own dances and also endearingly honest about his personal life... what emerges from the book is a man completely committed to his art and legacy.

Dancing Times
Critic Reviews

No one has ever doubted that Mark Morris had a voice — not just a stunning musical and choreographic one, but also an often provocative, call-it-as-you-see-it spoken one. Now, with the publication of his memoir, aptly titled Out Loud, we get to hear that spoken voice in all its guises: from brilliance to laugh-out-loud wit, tenderness to outrage, introspection to cockiness, gratitude to irony to (his word) vulgarity.

Boston Globe
Critic Reviews

Morris is frank, joyful, and, at times, provocative. . . A fascinating memoir that will engage anyone interested in dance, movement, or the creative process.