The new Sufjan Stevens/Justin Peck ballet that I orchestrated has, at long last, a title—Principia, after Newton. Or rather, after Étienne-Louis Boullée, whose Cenotaph for Sir Isaac Newton (above) inspired the piece. Knowing this, I’d been imagining the dancers as subatomic particles constantly rearranging themselves; others, it turns out, were reminded of artichokes. Since dance is maybe the second-most abstract art form after music, and vegetation is in the eye of the beholder, you’ll have to come decide for yourselves—the ballet opens this Thursday.
Update: here’s a little interview I did about the Principia working process.