Dance for PD featured in Brown University Symposium

FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group, present Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community. Widening the Circle is anchored by American Dance Legacy Initiative’s two-day Mini-Fest on February 28th – March 1st and FirstWorks’ presentation of an exhilarating evening of live music and dance with the Mark Morris Dance Group, one of the world’s leading dance companies, at The Vets on March 8th.

A symposium on holistic, creative approaches that benefit people with Parkinson’s disease and those living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developed by Artists and Scientists as Partners and led by David Leventhal (Brown ’95), Program Director, Dance for PD® and former Mark Morris Dance Group dancer will include master classes, lecture demonstrations and seminars. A week-long Mark Morris Dance Group repertory residency for Brown students will be hosted by Brown’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.

To conclude the project, the Mark Morris Dance Group joins FirstWorks for an evening of live music and dance. Mark Morris is a master choreographer of endless invention still brilliantly sculpting his legacy. Hailed as the “Mozart of modern dance”, he is committed to live music as an integral part of the dance experience. This celebration of joyous creativity is highlighted by Double from Morris’ masterpiece, Mozart Dances, set against rich visuals by British painter Howard Hodgkin and Morris, renowned as an intensely musical choreographer, conducting the Brown University Chorus to a glorious Bach motet.

Presented with leading support from the Brown University Creative Arts Council. For more information, please visit