The dancers, their fine classical technique blazing down to the socks on their feet, are not so much men and women but creatures -- the Explorers displaying animal instincts just like their prey. When they finally capture one of the Dodos, Vivaldi turns sorrowful and majestic, the Largo movement traversed solely by the cellos, as the curious Explorers manhandle their captive. Thus begins the process of sending the hapless species into oblivion - but as the ballet was only half complete on Day 4, we shall have to wait for the premiere on March 1st to see the Dodos' grizzly end as imagined by the ingenious Dekkers. "This is the most literal thing I've ever done," he tells me with a wicked grin.
But in this case, Dekkers was getting his ideas in a very new media/crowdsourcing way: via Twitter and Facebook.