The Pet Shop Boys have revealed that they plan to write the score for a ballet.
The most successful duo in UK music history, the Pet Shop Boys, have revealed that they will be working closely with Sadler’s Wells Theatre to write the score for its forthcoming production.
Although not their first effort at writing for musical theatre, the upcoming show will be their first-ever full length dance work.
The electronic dance music duo will be working on an original score to accompany the production of Christian Anderson’s 1870 fairytale ‘The Most Incredible Thing’.
Pet Shop Boys have also written the West End musical Closer to Heaven in 2001, while they wrote the soundtrack to the classic silent film Battleship Potemkin.
Commenting on the news, the duo released a statement which said: “This is a very exciting project to be part of. In the past we have written music for the club dancefloor so to write music for the ballet stage seems like a logical development. Also we have always been fascinated by giving our music a theatrical context.”
Meanwhile, Sadler’s Wells artistic director and chief executive Alistair Spalding also conveyed his excitement at the opportunity to be involved in the project.
“New full-length dance works for today’s audiences are surprisingly rare,” he explains. “So I’m particularly excited to be announcing the plans for our next new production.
“Sadler’s Wells’ owned productions have at their heart a desire to work outside of conventional genres, to introduce artists with a collaborative sensibility and to support the creation of new work that pushes the boundaries of dance.”
In 2000, the Pet Shop Boys’ song writing skills won them the Ivor Novello Award for an Outstanding Contribution to British Music. At the 2009 BRIT Awards they were presented with the award for an Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Earlier this year, Paul McCartney revealed that he would also be writing the music for a forthcoming ballet.