Paul McCartney

The new ballet, Ocean’s Kingdom, which will premiere at NYCB’s Fall Gala performance on Thursday, 22nd September 2011, will mark the first time that Paul has written an original orchestral score for dance, and will also feature costumes designed Stella McCartney, who will be designing costumes for the theater for the first time ever.  Ocean’s Kingdom will also feature projections designed by S. Katy Tucker, and lighting designed by Mark Stanley.

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In making the announcement, Martins said that he and Paul met at the School of American Ballet’s Winter Gala in 2010 and shortly thereafter began discussing the possibility of working together on a ballet.

“Like the rest of my generation, I grew up being a huge fan of the Beatles so I was thrilled to meet him,” said Martins. “After I got to know him a bit, and knowing of his great love of composing classical music, I asked if he might be interested in doing something for New York City Ballet, and I am ecstatic that he has agreed to write a score for us.”

Paul said: “I am always interested in new directions that I haven’t worked in before. So I became very excited about the idea. When I got back to England after meeting Peter I started writing music and am now in the very final stages of the orchestral score.” He continued, “What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song. Trying to write something that expressed an emotion – so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I found that exciting and challenging.”

The 22nd September gala performance will also include a special “See the Music…” presentation featuring NYCB Music Director Fayçal Karoui and the New York City Ballet Orchestra, which will open the evening with a unique exploration of the Ocean’s Kingdom score.
Following the World Premiere performance, Ocean’s Kingdom will be performed four additional times during the fall (September 24, 25, 27, and 29), and five times during the 2012 winter season (January 19, 21, 24, 27, and 29).

All performances will take place at the David H. Koch Theater, which is located on the Lincoln Center Plaza at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street.  For general information on tickets for any New York City Ballet performance call 212-870-5570, or visit www.nycballet.com.
 

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