It’s not every day that you’ll find someone who performs both as a classical musician and a dancer. But that’s exactly what you’ll see in Maxamorphosis, a new work composed by Julian Phillips and choreographed by Mickael “Marso” Riviere for chamber orchestra, dancers, and solo viola. The piece was created especially for the Aurora Orchestra‘s principal violist Max Baillie, who is a trained dancer and instrumentalist. The premier performance took place in London on Friday, July 13.
The Aurora Orchestra is a British group known for innovative programming and adventurous collaborations across various genres and art forms. Maxamorphosis grew out of a collaboration for the 2010 BBC Proms between the Aurora Orchestra and Riviere’s break dancers from his dance companies, Bboy’s Attic and Company Decalage.
Below is a video featuring an excerpt of Maxamorphosis. Dancer Sarita Piotrowski joins Baille in the performance.