On May 13th, the Atlanta Ballet will present Ignition: New Choreographic Voices, which will include three world premiere works by three young, up-and-coming choreographers. One of the pieces, "Home in 7," is a compilation of seven poems all about Atlanta by spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph. One of the poems, "Home of the Braves," is a celebration of the legacy of the Atlanta Braves pitching staff.
Here is a video of some of that poem during rehearsal:
Joseph was also nice enough to tell Talking Chop a little about how he came to incorporate the Atlanta Braves into his performance:
I'm a lifelong sports fan who was born and raised in New York City, and thus grew up on rivalries between our sports teams and EVERYBODY else. That being said, how could any objective observer reject the obvious, which is that the Atlanta Braves, winners of 14 consecutive division titles, have been the class of baseball for the last 20 years. In a sweeping poetic work that does its best to honor the nuances of this culturally rich city, I HAD to devote a section to "America's Team", giving particular love to the pitching staff that stymied the Mets and every other NL East team for more than a decade. I'm really excited by this work, and I hope to see you at the theater for Home in 7. One thing's for sure...I KNOW this ballet will be a lot more pleasurable for a native New Yorker than seeing Kimbrel on the mound in the bottom of the 9th...
Here is an excerpt from the poem, "Home of the Braves."
but for my entire baseball watching life
the Braves have been about the arms...
Maddux Glavine Hampton Lowe Wohlers Niekro John Rocker Smoltz
held close to the chest
exploding from the center
white knuckled torque
count the titles
own the decades
Chipper and Pendleton and Justice and Murphy and Horner and McCann
The show is this weekend Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15. If you're looking for something different to do, go check it out.