He also writes: Morris, a modern-dance master and founder of an eponymous dance company, tells the story of his childhood and his career in a memoir, Out Loud, available now from Penguin Press. Here, Morris, known for making dance more accessible to people across the world, recommends three books that elicit the kind of reaction he hopes audiences will feel when watching his own choreographic inventions: a sense of excitement, beauty, and novelty.

Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban

When I first read this book, not long after it was published, I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of its language. The ancient British mysteries, the puppet shows, the place names, the savage and sophisticated ways of survival in this grim and sarcastic future culture were at first puzzling and then entirely revelatory. It is a tender and addictive saga that bears, even requires, repeat reading.