Nirvana was always threatening to go highbrow, and now Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater is taking them there. Called Nevermind, the theater’s new contemporary dance show debuts March 31st. Based on the 1991 record that changed everything forever, the production will feature the band’s music and dancers playing roles that represent Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. The complicated choreography – how, exactly, do you block interpretive steps for addiction, being shredded by the press and suicide? – is by Donald Byrd, who has worked for Broadway (The Color Purple).
"It’s about how the sense of unconditional love, that someone loves you, is what makes the difference between life and death," he told The Seattle Times. Here’s the million-dollar question (literally): Does this show do more to honor Cobain’s memory than Courtney Love licensing Nirvana songs for use in CSI: Miami? Serious question, people. Think about it.