Internationally renowned as one of the world’s leading dance companies, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has inspired critics and audiences alike throughout its 32-year history. Founded in New York in 1980 by artistic director/choreographer Mark Morris, MMDG has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma), receiving “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity” (Bloomberg News). MMDG spent three years in residence at Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie as Belgium’s national dance company, returning to the United States in 1991. The Dance Group tours domestically and internationally to great acclaim. In 1996, Mr. Morris founded the MMDG Music Ensemble to perform with the Dance Group on tour. MMDG has since presented more than 1200 performances with live music and is recognized at the only modern dance company with a commitment to live music at every performance. MMDG regularly collaborates with eminent musicians across genres, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, jazz trio The Bad Plus, the London Symphony Orchestra, baroque orchestras Tafelmusik, Handel and Haydn, and Philharmonia Baroque, as well as opera companies such as The Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera. View dancer headshots and bios.