Paul McCartney to Debut His First Ballet in September

McCartney to premiere 'Ocean's Kingdom' at the New York City Ballet

February 23, 2011 4:20 PM ET
Paul McCartney to Debut His First Ballet in September
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Paul McCartney has written a major orchestral work – his first-ever ballet – for the New York City Ballet titled Ocean's Kingdom. The production will premiere at the company's fall gala on September 22nd and will be performed on other to-be-announced dates through the season.

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According to the New York Times, Ocean's Kingdom is roughly 45 minutes long, is divided into four acts and will feature a cast of around 40 performers. The choreography was created by the City Ballet's ballet master in chief Peter Martins, and the composer John Wilson assisted McCartney in arranging the music.

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In an interview with the Times, McCartney said that the work is "basically a romantic story" about a couple from opposite worlds -- an ocean kingdom, which represents purity, and an earth kingdom, which represents darkness and evil.

Paul McCartney Collaborates With City Ballet [NY Times]

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