Big Boi’s Ballet ‘Big’: Is It A Big Hit?

Who’s got the purp? Why, the Atlanta Ballet! Big, the company’s collaboration with Outkast’s Big Boi, debuted Thursday. “For me [Big Boi’s music] sounds like Shostakovich, Stravinsky a little … just today’s Stravinsky,” says chorographer Lauri Stallings. No doubt!

Audience members will be pulled on stage. Dancers will weave their way through the audience. Big Boi and a live band will perform some of his greatest hip-hop collaborations.

But the greatest collaborating may be the pairing created by Stallings and Big Boi when Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” is intertwined with “Morris Brown,” a cut from OutKast’s “Idlewild” soundtrack.

Those contrasts — “physical but sublime, beautiful but ugly, loud but soft,” in Stallings’ words — are exactly the feelings this fusion ballet is intended to evoke, both artists said.

“Its very moving, sophisticated, elegant but at the same time it will tear your back off,” Big Boi said.

The show, which is getting good buzz despite the static traffic accident present in the footage above, ends with Big Boi’s new single “Sir Lucious Leftfoot Saves the Day.” I think we can stop calling Andre 3000 the crazy one.

BIG ballet “Kryptonite” at the Atlanta Ballet [YouTube] Hip-hop meets ballet in Big Boi’s ‘big’ debut [CNN]

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