Pepperland (2017) by Mark Morris Dance Group
Choreography: Mark Morris
Music: Ethan Iverson – “Magna Carta”, “Adagio”, “Allegro”, “Scherzo”, “Wilbur Scoville”
Music: The Beatles, arr. by Ethan Iverson – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “When I’m Sixty-Four”, “Within You Without You”, “Penny Lane”, “A Day in the Life”
Photos: Robbie Jack, Gareth Jones
This new evening-length work by Mark Morris, created at the request of the City of Liverpool premiered May 2017, kicking off Liverpool’s Sgt. Pepper at 50 Festival, a season-long tribute to the groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Pepperland features an original score by composer Ethan Iverson inspired by the songs “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “With a Little Help From My Friends”, “A Day in the Life”, “When I’m Sixty-Four”, “Within You Without You”, and “Penny Lane”.
An unprecedented chamber music ensemble of voice, theremin, soprano sax, trombone, piano, organ, harpsichord, and percussion will tease out and elaborate on Sgt. Pepper’s non-rock and roll influences. Arrangements of half a dozen songs from the album will intermingle with Pepper-inspired original pieces intended especially for Morris’ profound understanding of classical forms: Allegro, Scherzo, Adagio, and the blues.