To mark the 50th anniversary of the release, Liverpool City Council asked the American choreographer Mark Morris to create a work celebrating Sgt Pepper's; Morris, in his own words, 'eagerly took on the big project of turning these very familiar songs into an evening length music and dance show.' His Pepperland had its world premiere in Liverpool on the anniversary year, 2017.
We can’t think of a better choreographer to celebrate this ground-breaking work. Mark Morris is one the most inventive, joyous and intensely musical dance-makers working today, and his Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), founded almost 40 years ago, are the foremost interpreters of his unique creations.
Pepperland features an original score by composer Ethan Iverson, inspired by some of the album’s best known hits: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help From My Friends, and Penny Lane, to mention but a few, just to jog your memory. Iverson’s arrangements of the original tracks will be performed live by MMDG Music Ensemble, a seven-piece chamber music group assembled specifically for this work.
Costume design, undoubtedly inspired by Peter Blake’s memorable album cover, is by Mark Morris’ regular collaborator Elizabeth Kurtzman, who created bright, candy coloured costumes that recall the swinging sixties and the freedom and energy of the time, epitomised by the Sgt Pepper’s album.
Described by The Telegraph in its 5 Star review of the Liverpool premiere, as ‘a truly joyous, celebratory work of art’, Pepperland will embark on an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland in early 2019, reaching London in March.
Not to be missed!
Note: tickets for Pepperland are not yet on sale; we'll let you know just as soon as the box office opens.
|What||Mark Morris, Pepperland, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
20 Mar 19 – 23 Mar 19, 19:30 Mats Thu 14:00, Sat 14:30
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|