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Solange Knowles is composing a score for the New York City Ballet
By Bailey Slater | Music | 18 August 2022

Those of us practically dying of thirst as we await a new body of work from Solange Knowles may have to wait a little longer, following the announcement of her latest creative endeavour. The incomparable singer-songwriter recently took to Twitter to announce a takeover of the New York Ballet, where Knowles herself will be providing a score performed by the City Ballet Orchestra and one of Knowles’ own soloists to 3,850 eager guests.

The Losing You singer is hardly unfamiliar with such hallowed institutions of art and performance; having brought her academy-award-winning album A Seat at the Table to the spacious, curved platforms of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Chinati Foundation, a stone’s throw from the isolated Prada Marfa installation, back in 2017. 

Some may say it may even have been her destiny to join the likes of Gianna Reisen for her third production of New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala, which unites choreographers with contemporary designers for a night of passionate and expressive performance. Reisen herself is widely-credited for injecting a sense of youthful rigour back into the artform, following breakout productions such as Composer’s Holiday, which was costumed by Virgil Abloh. This time around, Resien and Knowles’ performance will feature costumes by Palomo Spain’s Alejandro Gomez Palomo – talk about a match made in heaven.

You can catch the performance at New York’s Lincoln Center on October 1st, 8th, 11th and 16th, in addition to May 2nd, 11th, 13th, 17th and 18th.

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