Premiere US Premiere
Country of Origin United States
Description Whether choreographing works for Mikhail Baryshnikov or Michael Jackson; for the Paris Opera Ballet or Broadway (Hair, Passing Strange), former "punk ballerina" Karole Armitage is known for her edgy, unbridled energy and hyper-kinetic take on the contemporary zeitgeist.
For the US premiere of Itutu, Armitage collaborates with African pop band Burkina Electric and band member/composer Lukas Ligeti to create a haunting yet unabashedly festive fusion of dance and live music. Club electronica and ancient Burkinabé rhythms combine with off-kilter ballet and traditional African dance as Burkina Electric performs onstage with the Armitage Gone! Dance company, creating a world in which the modern and the traditional, the pop and the spiritual co-exist in a celebratory meeting ground.