Battle Spring Tour

6th March 2013

“How many orchestras could field their principal viola player as a virtuoso break dancer? Probably only Aurora. There seems to be no end to what this young ensemble is willing, hungry and able to do.” (5-star review of Battle by Hilary Finch in The Times, July 2012)

We’re delighted to announce that Battle, last summer’s critically-acclaimed New Movesprogramme, will tour to venues in Bury St Edmunds, Ashford and Norwich later this spring.

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.

You can see Battle on tour in the following venues this May:

Thursday 16 May: Apex Bury St Edmunds (Bury Festival)
Friday 17 May: St Mary’s Ashford (Relevation St Mary’s)
Saturday 18 May: St Andrew’s Hall Norwich (Norfolk and Norwich Festival)

Maxamorphosis was commissioned with funding from the RPS Drummond Fund and the PRS Foundation.  The project is also supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (which sponsors Aurora’s cross-art form collaborations for the New Moves series), Arts Council England, and gifts from Thomas Ponsonby and Eduardo Tamraz.

The project has benefitted from additional touring support from Orchestras Live.