BEST CHOREOGRAPHER 2008 – Best of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis-St.Paul City Pages

“Powerhouse” – Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times

A near-imperceptible hum that mutates into angelic, wordless plainsong; later it embraces a grating, blurry rock effect and beautiful, hymnlike fragments sung by the group.” – New York Times

“The dancing follows a slowly expanding path…the hourlong “Heaven” feels mesmerizingly driven by a taut inner logic.” – New York Times

“The anti-Christs of classical dancing” – Molly Glentzer, The Houston Chronicle

Morgan Thorson teams with the sublime slowcore band LOW in pursuit of corporeal perfection in a real-time performance ritual. This reverential spectacle transfers the myth of perfection from the religious to the theatre world as a roving chorus of performers undertakes angelic choral singing and Thorson’s uniquely dynamic choreography. While extreme restriction is transformed into powerful kinesthetic expression, believers and non-believers, dance-enthusiasts and live music-lovers will experience HEAVEN‘s acute force of attraction.

Get a head start on Heaven, read PS122’s rundown on Morgan Thorson’s work and methods.

Heaven is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Diverseworks (Houston) in partnership with Performance Space 122 (New York), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and NPN.

Heaven was made possible by the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

Photo by Cameron Wittig

October 20th we are hosting our first Conversation with Culture @ 7pm – 11th Street bar (11th Street b/w Avenue A & B)
Email artsdevelopment@ps122.org or morgan@ps122.org for your free reservation.
Participants include:

  • JAY WEGMAN, Director of the Abrons Art Center and and former Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • MORGAN THORSON, choreographer: HEAVEN premiering at Performance Space 122 on October 25th
  • JOHN MERZ, Diocese of New York Episcopal Chaplain to NYU
  • MICHAEL DE DORA JR., Executive Director, Center for Inquiry-New York City


Presented as part of COIL 2010
Thu, Jan 7-12, 2010

Sat, Jan 9 at 5pm
Sun, Jan 10 at 5pm
Mon, Jan 11 at 7:30pm
Tue, Jan 12 at 7:30pm

$20, $15 (students/seniors)

Help PS122 Go Green by viewing your Heaven program online!