My mother and I knew instantly that we were in for an experience of the senses from merely walking unto the Atlanta Symphony Hall sod-covered stage to take our seats for
Maá, which means "earth" in Finnish, treated the audience to a dancerly, sometimes ethereal journey of discovery. The movement was graceful at times and abrupt at others, leaving you engaged and intrigued. The set was visually dynamic as the seating was in the round and the performers utilized the entire stage, even incorporating the orchestra into the dance sequences.
, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Robert Spano
, GA Tech's
, collaborated on the project.
The music score, choreography and larger than life visual projections fused together seamlessly. At one point, even audience participation was encouraged.
Maá was an avant-garde production - an artistic endeavor of a higher intellectual plane than most theatrical performances in the city. It was refreshing and inspiring.
[caption id="attachment_10057" align="aligncenter" width="478" caption="Photography by Thom Baker."]