The First Ever Hip Hop Ballet
Antwan “Big Boi” Patton (one half of hip hop duo Outkast) is making history with the world’s first hip hop ballet. Teaming up with Atlanta Ballet choreographer Lauri Stallings, they aim to create a fusion of the best elements of these seemingly opposite ends of the musical spectrum.
Big Boi’s contemporary style may seem inherently different from the traditional and classical sounds that normally echo through an Atlanta Ballet performance. But, Stallings said, as a choreographer it’s not a stretch to equate one of hip-hop’s biggest names with some of the most venerated composers who are usually the backdrop for traditional ballets.
“For me [Big Boi’s music] sounds like Shostakovich, Stravinsky a little … just today’s Stravinsky,” Stallings said.
“Big” opens today for a limited six show run.