Whimsy and terror: Mark Morris returns to Berkeley

September 27, 2014 9:45 AM

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Whimsy and terror: Mark Morris returns to Berkeley

It was a global nail-biter last week, but after Scotland voted to uphold their often rocky 300-year union with England, Mark Morris' The Muir and A Wooden Tree, which opened his troupe's season at Cal Performances in Berkeley last night, proved a graceful though decidedly eccentric salute to that proud nation, tinged with melancholy and regret.

Amid the lighthearted skipping and tripping by Morris' strapping swains and shepherdesses through Beethoven's delectable 19th century arrangements of Scottish and Irish folk songs in The Muir, we chance upon Walter Scott in a pensive mood ("the quiet lake, the balmy air, the stream, the tower, the t...

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