Big Boi, one-half of the ever so unconvetional rap group Outkast, has partnered with the Atlanta Ballet dance company to present his "BIG." The show will be held at Atlanta's Fox Theatre marks the first time a hip-hop and a ballet have been combined on this level. The ballet will combine Big Boi's sound with ATL's professional ballet and will feature new and never before heard material fro the rapper mixed with the classical masterpiece of Verdi's La Traviata. The show will feature from Bio Boi's "Morris Brown" from the Idlewild Soundtrack, "Church" from Outkast's 2003 "Speakerboxx" and "Bombs Over Baghdad" from their Stankonia album. Jazz and opera selections from Purple Ribbon members Janelle Monae, Sleepy Brown and Konkrete music will make up the score for the show. The show will benefit Big Boi's foundation "The Big Kidz" and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, which will hold a fundraiser on April 10th hosted by Big Boi and Queen Latifah, immediately following the show.
"big is the place, the event, and the experience where we leave our
inhibitions at the door, and move forward," explained choreographer
Lauri Stalling in a statement. "big is an example of possibilities…a
place for the senses to open, and be lifted, setting a new height for
creativity and awareness towards ourselves and the people sitting right
next to us."
"The importance of exposure is making a young person part of a
conversation that society has been having without them for years," Big
Boi explained. "Creating, and having a positive contribution to the
world we're living in, takes knowledge on another level; takes
expression on another level, and I want to be apart of making that