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William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (2009)

On a cold night in Milwaukee high art meets pop culture as award winning choreographer Margo Sappington (OH! CALCUTTA!, BILLBOARDS) premieres her latest ballet, "Common People", set to the ... See full summary »

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Margo Sappington
Michael Pink
Elizabeth Shatner
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On a cold night in Milwaukee high art meets pop culture as award winning choreographer Margo Sappington (OH! CALCUTTA!, BILLBOARDS) premieres her latest ballet, "Common People", set to the music of William Shatner and Ben Folds from their album, Has Been. GONZO BALLET explores the genesis of this unique artistic collaboration by fusing the music, poetry, and dance of "Common People" with interviews of the creators, dancers, and audience members. Written by Anonymous

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William Shatner attended the world premiere of the ballet and met with the dancers after the performance. See more »

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Henry Rollins: Talk about ahead of the curve - it's like the world has finally caught up with William Shatner. Turns out he's been laughing the whole time.
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From life to album... to ballet?
10 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On a cold night in Milwaukee high art meets pop culture as award winning choreographer Margo Sappington premieres her latest ballet, "Common People", set to the music of William Shatner and Ben Folds.

So, we have Shatner in his normal life... telling stories... then we set them to music by Ben Folds... and we add Henry Rollins... this already sounds pretty good, right? But wait! We then add some choreography to it, and we suddenly have a life story with punk music and ballet dancing. What the heck?

I really did appreciate the exposure of Shatner, the real Shatner. We all think of him as Captain Kirk, but this is a real human being with decades of stories and everyday things... and here are a few of those.


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