“Acis and Galatea”
Mostly Mozart Festival
David Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
New York, NY
August 7, 2014
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2014 by Martha Sherman
Mark Morris’s dancers may really be nymphs. In Morris’s version of Handel’s pastoral opera, “Acis and Galatea,” they looked like the wood spirits of our imagining from myth. Just as the statue of Galatea came to life, the dancers were gorgeous sculptures that swirled into animation, flowing like air currents to the airs of Handel’s delicious score. The opera was staged with the simplicity of an ancient tale, but what offered the performance’s richness was what surrounded the story -- the beautiful choruses of music and dance.