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Aurora team up with breakdancing collectives, innovative composers and choreographer for their most ambitious dance collaboration to date
The Aurora Orchestral are performing their most ambitious dance commission to date fusing orchestral music with breakdancing.
Battle is built around Aurora’s Principal Viola Max Baillie who, in addition to his considerable instrumental skills, is a trained dancer.
The project sees composer Julian Philips teaming up with choreographer Mickaël ‘Marso’ Rivière.
The eclectic playlist ranges from the baroque fireworks of Biber’s Battalia to Barshai’s orchestral scoring of Shostakovich’s war-themed String Quartet No. 3.
It will also feature a new breakbeat arrangement of Holst’s Mars by Chris Willis.
Alongside these works, Aurora presents the world premiere of Maxamorphosis, a major new work from Julian Philips for chamber orchestra, dancers, and solo viola.
The piece was created especially for Max Baillie and it’s been described as “a concerto like no other”
Battle premiered at Dover Town Hall on at the beginning of the month as part of the Deal Festival.
Aurora Orchestra's New Moves residency at LSO St Luke's launched in 2010 and has since established itself as one of Europe's most innovative orchestral concert series.
The Aurora Orchestra have a commitment to new, challenging and exciting collaborations.
In the two years since they took up residency at St Luke’s LSO, Aurora have collaborated with everyone from tango and capoeira dancers to film-makers, visual artists, novelists and theatre directors.
The group of dynamic and talented instrumentalists strive to re-invent chamber music for a new generation and aim to deconstruct the established ideas of classical music should be presented.
These photos were taken at rehearsals of Battle earlier this week and give a flavour of what to expect.
The London premiere takes place on Friday 13 July at LSO St Luke’s.
Highlights from the programme will also be performed outdoors at Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf in London on 15 July at 1.30pm and as part of the City of London Festival.
The project will go on to tour to venues throughout the UK in spring 2013.