I THINK WE'RE A CLONE NOW: The Atlanta Ballet will perform Wayne McGregor's EDEN/EDEN October 21-23 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Although McGregor never formally studied classical ballet, his pieces are often set on the world's most prestigious companies.
Creative Loafing's food writers would probably describe the two pieces on the program of the Atlanta Ballet's opening weekend as an “unusual pairing.” The first course is James Kudelka's exuberant and heartfelt choreography set to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Firmly grounded in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a popular classical score, this piece was a big audience favorite when the Atlanta Ballet gave the work its US premiere in 2010. Think of it as pasta primavera: a perennially favorite dish, classically prepared.
The second half of the program is devoted to Wayne McGregor's EDEN/EDEN. The British choreographer is known for his cutting edge, distinctly non-balletic style. Although he often works with the world's great companies, including London's Royal Ballet where he is Resident Choreographer, he never formally studied classical ballet: he likes to boast that he's never even taken a ballet class. McGregor instead takes a scientific approach to movement. As a research fellow at Cambridge University, he studied body-brain interaction. He is one of the most prominent figures on the London contemporary art scene, the closest the dance world has to a “rock star.” McGregor has choreographed everything from a Radiohead video to a scene of wizards getting down at a dance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. EDEN/EDEN is set to a composition by contemporary composer Steve Reich about the world's first cloned sheep. Think of it as a dish from the new molecular gastronomy, say, a freeze-dried, aerosolized wild lingonberry gelato. An unusual, but perfect dessert for that pasta meal, we'd say.
You can sample the dishes yourself this weekend when the Atlanta Ballet performs Kudelka's Four Seasons and McGregor's EDEN/EDEN at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, October 21-23. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Atlanta Ballet.
Check out McGregor's inventive choreography for Radiohead's "Lotus Flower" below.