Solange Composes Score for New York City Ballet

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Aug 15, 2022

Like Lido Pimienta before her, Solange is set to compose a new score for the New York City Ballet.

As The New York Times reports, the long-running ballet company announced Monday that Solange would write an original score for a yet-to-be-titled work from Gianna Reisen, due to premiere at the company's annual Fall Fashion Gala on September 28.

While few other details on the production have been revealed, the paper adds that the artist's score will be composed for a chamber orchestra made up of members of the New York City Ballet orchestra and "some of Solange's musical collaborators."

Solange's history with dance leaps back to her days as a backup dancer with Destiny's Child, with a 2018 interview with The Times characterizing the art form as "her first aspiration and introduction to performance," and recalling how as a child, she went attended the Houston Ballet to see Lauren Anderson — one of the first African-American ballerinas to become a principal for a major dance company. Solange would tell The Times, "My dream was to go to Juilliard."

Solange's most recent solo album remains When I Get Home, which was among Exclaim!'s Best Albums of 2019.

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