I think the ballet elements are really interesting with the hip hop, but there is a whole lot of modern movement in there that makes the collaboration seem a lot less juxtaposed.
Hahaha! What a bizarre idea. Let's do more fusions. I want to see a collaboration between, say, Notion and Thai Food.
There is absolutely no reason to visit that shithole of a town.
@ 4: Really? I hear Atlanta has been coming alive over the past few years—rock scene, hip hop scene, dance and theater scene, film scene, one of the more progressive southern cities for race and gay culture and politics, business investment, strip clubs you can drink in, the works... What's your beef?
Why go to Atlanta when you can just rent Center Stage?
You should totally move there and find out!
@6 I LOVE THAT MOVIE. Not joking.
@5 That's what I heard, too. And Adam over at Amateur Gourmet has been singing its culinary praises, too...
So can we put Atalanta ahead of Seattle in terms culture now?
I just visited Atlanta for the first time in November. Very cool city, but with a much worse overdevelopment problem than Seattle has. And zero modern dance scene that I could find. Ballet and hip hop? Sure. Modern? Nope - or at least it's completely invisible. I found a couple of presenters, but only one local modern company (that works in integrated dance, aka with different levels of ability/disablity), and no studios that offer modern classes. It's a pity, because otherwise I really enjoyed the city.
Title should read:
"Ballet company goes to extreme lengths to target new audiences."
Gotta try something new, the stoggy old people will not be filling those seats forever.
Those dancers are way hotter than music video girls.
@ #12: so, so right. That there is reason enough to move to Atlanta.
Looks sexy, I like it.
Hell, the dancers in the pink and white shirts alone are reason enough to move to Atlanta....
Do we even have any thin women here?
Gomer, venture out of your house, possibly your neighborhood and experience the anorexic hanging with the obese on cap hill.
As a Slog fanatic, Seattle fangirl, and six-year Atlanta resident, I declare myself arbiter on this one.
Seattle's still better. Like, a lot.
Ironically, I won't be attending because I'll spend the weekend taking in Seattle/Portland entertainment--Colin Meloy is in town on Thursday, and My Effortless Brilliance plays the Atlanta Film Fest on Saturday.
(Have you seen our "alt-weekly"? Motherfucking Creative Loafing. I've seen maybe three paper copies of The Stranger in my life and I totally eschew Creative Loafing. Ugh.)
As a former Atlantan, who visits annually, Seattle is MUCH better. Atlanta is a very materialistic city that still has a LOT of race issues. And even though they have MARTA (subway), their massive highways are over-burdened with climate-killing SUVs. Lastly, their crime rate is one of the worst in the country.
Re .."But Stallings fans say her choreography has always been suited to hip hop, even if she didn’t know it.."-
Just as Emily Dickinson couldn't have known that all her poems could be sung to the the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas", one supposes... ^..^
Ok, this sounds (and looks) great. But take a look at Atlanta Ballet's season next year: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Q, Snow White, Dracula, Firebird. zzzzzzzzzzzz. This Big Boi ballet seems more of an anomoly than the beginning of an edgy trend in programming.
Atlanta sucks. Talk about sprawl; I think ECB would have an embolism upon arrival.
I'll be there, visiting family, and will definitely go!
The arts need young people to get involved; unfortunately, new and exciting projects don't tend to attract audiences like the old standards do. Hopefully projects like this can inspire a new trend. Props to Atlanta Ballet!
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