The Times (U.K.): Pepperland at Sadler’s Wells

This infectious, clever, romantic and droll hour-long dance was inspired by Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (it was commissioned by the city of Liverpool to mark the album’s 50th anniversary), but, this being Morris, it’s a long way from a tribute act. Although the American occasionally references the lyrics in the iconic songs — Penny Lane (not actually on the album, although it was intended to be), A Day in the Life, the title track — his jaunty choreography paints a bigger canvas of affecting sentiment, from smoochy romance to hippy spiritualism, from poignant couplings and displays of eccentric high spirits to carefree eruptions of ecstatic movement.