Mark Ronson Does Ballet

Gary Pini

When you think of Mark Ronson, "ballet" probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But the multi-talented recording artist, DJ and producer -- and PAPER's November 2008 coverboy -- has written the score for "Carbon Life," a new ballet that has its world premiere on Thursday, April 5, at London's Royal Opera House. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor and co-written with Andrew Wyatt from the band Miike Snow (read our interview with him this month in PAPER), the new work is scheduled for six performances on a triple-bill that includes two other ballets: Polyphonia and Sweet Violets. Ronson will be on-stage playing bass in a small band backing up several singers including Boy George, Allison Mosshart of the Kills and The Drums' Jonny Pierce. And if that's not enough star power, Gareth Pugh's designs are featured in the ballet and three of the songs were orchestrated by Rufus Wainwright. Ronson just finished producing Wainwright's next album, Out of the Game, that's coming out next month. Tickets to the ballet are available here.

Above Photo by Charlie Bibby for the Financial Times of London.

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