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november, 2019

14nov8:00 pm10:00 pmMark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland8:00 pm - 10:00 pm The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


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“High-spirited humor, eccentric charm, and a joyous musical sensibility… guaranteed to raise a smile”The Times (UK)

Last at the Kennedy Center in 2018 with the elegant Layla and Majnun, Mark Morris Dance Group adds some spice to this season with a colorful, exuberant new production that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. A smash hit with audiences at its Liverpool premiere, Pepperland is “a gorgeously entertaining and witty tribute to the classic Beatles album” (The Guardian).

Co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center, the evening-length production features an original score by composer Ethan Iverson performed by a unique jazz ensemble of vocals, soprano saxophone, trombone, piano, keyboard, theremin, and percussion. Arrangements of “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” intermix with six original Pepper-inspired pieces intended especially for Mark Morris’s profound understanding of classical forms: AllegroScherzoAdagio, and the blues. Resounding with ingenuity and musicality, this production is a must-see for dance and Beatles fans alike.

Stay in the theater following the Nov. 13 show for a post-performance talk, free with your ticket. 
Dancers, choreographers, composers, creative team members, and/or other artists offer insight into the performance and a chance to ask questions!


(Thursday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566