Have you ever sat down for your annual fall review of The matrix series and thought, “That’s great but would it be better if maybe Keanu Reeves had a dance number or two?”
Probably not, but then you start thinking “actually, there might be some really interesting choreographed sequences here” and suddenly you’re planning an immersive dance experience based on the hit sci-fi blockbuster. This is Most likely where director Danny Boyle came up with the idea of free your mind, the next choreographic adaptation of The matrix.
Boyle will lead the project which will debut at a new arts center in Manchester, UK next fall. The production is described as a “large-scale, immersive performance” that will hopefully not feature any audience members swallowing various colored pills. According to the show’s logline:
Combining the hip-hop choreography of hundreds of dancers with the latest immersive design, free your mind will take the audience on an exciting journey through The matrix and into a new realm of possibilities. This revealing production will span the ultra-flexible spaces of the building, responding to them and harnessing the collective energy of the moment.
The director is known for his non-dancing films like 28 days later, 127 hours, and train spotting, so this new adventure will be quite intriguing! Although, to be fair, he won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, so he knows a little more complex dance sequences. It doesn’t look like Reeves is on board, but we hear he likes to show up to dance events in unexpected ways, so maybe that will work out.