"Orbo Novo" – the New World – explores a construct of the mind. Inspired by Jill Bolte Taylor’s "My Stroke of Insight," a book in which she expresses her experience of having a stroke, Orbo Novo tries to create a universe where past and future meet. The piece tackles issues of freedom, contamination, perspective, loneliness and enlightenment. Searching for the perfect balance between left and right, between heaven and earth, Orbo Novo is in a way an exploration of the present moment, the Now, by trying to untangle the future from the past.
I see it not so much as choosing to hope, but more as hoping for the ability and insight to choose.
-Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, 2009
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Assistants to the Choreographer
James O'Hara, Alexandra Damiani
Assistant to the Costume Designer
Mosaic String Quartet: Jane Chung & Liza Zurlinden, violins, Tawnya Popoff, viola, & Greg Hesselink, cello, with guest pianist Aaron Wunsch
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor from her original work “My Stroke of Insight.” For the full version of Jill Bolte-Taylor's speech, visit TED.com