My Name is Margaret Morris

This article is from 2010.

My Name is Margaret Morris

You would think, having invented a new way of moving, married a famous artist and been the driving force behind Scottish dance for years, that people would remember you. Sadly, the name Margaret Morris is likely to prompt a ‘who?’ from most people these days.

Hopefully, choreographer Stuart Hopps’ new play will bring the forgotten dance heroine back to life, even if only for the Fringe. Directed by Scottish actress Barbara Rafferty and performed by Hopps himself, My Name is Margaret Morris looks at the woman who spent years creating the Margaret Morris Movement, opening dance schools, touring ballet companies and being the lifelong partner of painter J. D. Fergusson.

‘Stuart takes us on a journey through her life, and it’s absolutely charming,’ says Rafferty. ‘Margaret was like a renaissance woman, she did everything and knew everybody. But sometimes people like that are forgotten, which is a shame, so I’ve enjoyed helping to resurrect this amazing woman.’

Dance Base, 225 5525, 12–22 Aug (not 16), times vary, £5. Preview 11 Aug, 6pm, £3.

My Name is Margaret Morris

Stuart Hopps of Scottish Ballet reprises his one-man show, My Name is Margaret Morris, a celebration of the life and work of his late friend, pioneering choreographer and inspiration/life partner to JD Fergusson. Booking is essential.

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