Project Description


inter-disciplinary performance

Maa’ is a full-evening ballet to Finnish composer Kajia Saariaho’s score of the same name. Stallings choreographed conductor Robert Spano barefoot and as the work’s catalyst on a sod-covered stage of the Atlanta Symphony. Stallings aims to uncover a more human experience between classical music, contemporary dance and electronics. Created over a five-week residency in Atlanta Symphony Hall, the performance was performed in the round to peel away at the traditional orchestra shell. The public entered through the stage door, and were given a choice of seating on the stage or in the house in an effort to dismantle the hierarchies associated within a classical performance venue.

This project is made possible with support from Woodruff Arts Center, and through an Artists’ Residency at The Goat Farm Arts Center. Maa’ is a collaboration with Kennesaw State University Department of Dance.

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Robert Spano: Conductor | Lauri Stallings: concept and choreography | Kajia Saariaho: music | Richard Carvlin: grass installation | Kristina Brown, Virginia Coleman, Sean Hilton, James Joyner, Mary Remy: performers | music performed by Georgia Tech’s Sonic Generator Music Ensemble | Adam Larsen: film | Tian Justman: 
fashion | Bruce Harlan: lighting | performed by gloLAB artists and students of Kennesaw State University


Opening September 10–12, 2011
Atlanta Symphony Hall

1280 Peachtree St NE 30309


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