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Published on Jul 11, 2012

Aurora Orchestra
Music by Julian Philips
Choreography by Mickaël 'Marso' Rivière
Max Baillie (viola)
Sarita Piotrowski (dancer)

Building on a first break dance ('breaking') collaboration for the 2010 BBC Proms, Aurora joins forces with choreographer Mickael 'Marso' Riviere and breakers from his dance companies, Bboy's Attic and Company Decalage.

A typically 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, and a new breakbeat arrangement of Holst's Mars by Chris Willis. At the heart of the programme is Maxamorphosis, a major new work composed by Julian Philips and choreographed by Marso for chamber orchestra, dancers, and solo viola. Created especially for Aurora's Principal Viola Max Baillie - a trained dancer as well as an instrumentalist -- this is a concerto like no other.

We are hugely grateful to all those who have made this project possible, particularly the RPS Drummond Fund and the PRS Foundation for commissioning grants in support of Maxamorphosis, and Aurora patrons Thomas Ponsonby and Eduardo Tamraz for supporting the development of the choreography. We are also grateful to our New Moves series sponsors, including the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Arts Council England, GML, the Elias Fawcett Trust, and the Mercers' Company.

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