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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Shaken stirs up a cocktail of James Bond and dance

Lillian Mae Ransijn and Stefanie Staten Boettle perform in choreographer Emily Christiansons show Shaken, which examines the James Bond phenomenon through dance.
  • Bobbi Jo Brooks
  • Lillian Mae Ransijn and Stefanie Staten Boettle perform in choreographer Emily Christianson's show "Shaken," which examines the James Bond phenomenon through dance.
“Shaken, not stirred,” are probably some of the most famous words in cinema history. That line has been spoken in nearly every one of the 22 James Bond films. Why has Bond remained such a cultural phenomenon for almost 50 years?

The new show Shaken choreographed by Atlanta artist Emily Sodashi Christianson is a multimedia investigation into the durability of the iconic 007 films. Christianson, who also performs in the show, will be familiar to Creative Loafing readers as one of the dancers from Dance Truck's July production of PLOT, which was recently voted Creative Loafing Readers' Pick for Best Dance Production in CL's Best of Atlanta 2011.

The dances in Shaken explore the heroes, icons, pop culture and escapism of the James Bond films, combining projection, spoken word, classic music from the films, and dance. “I grew up watching the 007 movies and have a mysterious sense of nostalgia when it comes to these films," says Christianson. "I find it fascinating that we as a culture still enjoy their predictability almost 50 years after we were first introduced to James Bond onscreen."

“Shaken” will be performed at Fabrefaction Theatre, 999 Brady Avenue, on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 adv, $18 at the door. For more information or to purchase, visit brown paper tickets.

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