Fortified with a generous sense of humor, Martin Creed reevaluates the status of art in this virtuosic mash up of music and movement. The Turner Prize–winning artist defines his artistic embrace broadly, from monumental neon signs to poetic objects made from crumpled paper. For this performance, his first ballet, Creed plays lead guitar with his London-based band, joined by phenomenal dancers from the original Sadler Wells production. Creed’s challenge—to compose a work using only the five core positions of classical ballet, each paired with a musical note—creates the conditions for a beguiling collision of rules and spontaneity.
The performance is presented in conjunction with Creed’s year-long MCA artist-in-residence project, in which he creates one visual or performance art work each month throughout 2012.
Running time: 80 minutes
Recommended for adult audiences. Some of the videos contain mature and graphic content. Strobe lights will be used during the performance.