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The return of Mark Morris' remarkable Dido and Aeneas

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Maile Okamura, Bradon McDonald, and Rita Donahue of Mark Morris Dance Group perform Dido and Aeneas
PHOTO COURTESY MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP/COSTAS

Much like a Greek tragedy, Dido proclaims a sense of order and restraint that is disturbed but ultimately restored. But at what price. At the end of her lament — Purcell at his most lyrical — Dido, with her arms outstretched, lies on the bench that became her bier. Her retinue processes out two-by-two except for the Second Woman (Rita Donahue). She looks at Belinda (Maile Okamura), her lover and Dido's faithful confidante. Then she turns and leaves. Alone. At that moment the heroic and the human became one.

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