Mark Ronson Laces Up His Ballet Slippers

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It seems like everyone is getting into the performing arts these days. In 2010 The Knife wrote music for the opera, Tomorrow, In A Year, while last year Antony Hegarty created music for the production The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, and then their was Karen O’s psycho-opera, Stop The Virgins. Not to mention Rufus Wainwright who composed the opera Prima Donna (running now at BAM).

Next in line to dabble in thespian pursuits? Mark Ronson. The DJ/producer is collaborating with choreographer Wayne McGregor on the production Carbon Life for the Royal Ballet in London. Premiering in April, the project will be part of a triple bill comprised of a total of six performances to be exhibited at the Royal Opera House. Ronson will be composing the nine-song performance alongside Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. The songs will be performed by a number of high-profiled artists including Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Jonathan Pierce of The Drums, and rapper Wale.

Carbon Life is inspired by psychologist Carl Jung and the music is meant to focus on “the Jungian theme of anima/animus and the theory of collective masculine and feminine unconscious”. Are you as intrigued as I am?

McGregor is also joining forces with avant-garde designer Gareth Pugh (Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue) for the piece.

So there you have it ladies and gents. High-brow is the new hipster. So if you want to be like the cool kids, get thee to the theater post-haste!

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