Multi-hyphenated artist Solange adds ballet composer to resume

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Solange is aiming for something bigger than ever. The multi-hyphenated artist will compose her first ballet score for New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala next month. Read more details inside.

Solo has the range. From music, film, choreography, visual arts and more, the star has continued to push the boundaries of black art through her work and her multidisciplinary platform, Saint Heron. From now on, Solange will add a new title as “Ballet Composer”.

The New York City Ballet announced on Monday August 15 that Solange will write an original score for an untitled piece by Gianna Reisen. It will premiere at the company’s annual Fall Fashion Gala, which pairs choreographers with designers, on September 28, 2022. The score is composed for a chamber ensemble that will be made up of some of Solange’s musical collaborators and members of the City Ballet Orchestra.

Solange is no stranger to the many facets of creativity. The 36-year-old artist began working in the industry as a singer and dancer alongside her sister, Beyoncé, in Destiny’s Child. Solange then blossomed into her own artistry with the debut of her 2012 album True and later the critically acclaimed album release A seat at the table in 2016.

The versatile talent is actively expanding the black creative community with his creative and activist endeavors. Solange has been a strong advocate for Black Lives Matter and countless other causes, which benefit both black people and women artists.

Solange’s long-standing theater training has certainly prepared her for this moment. Her experiences have taken her to Lincoln Center regulars and collaborators beyond music. She worked with designer Carlos Soto, regular partner of author-director Robert Wilson. She has organized programs and presented her own performances in spaces such as the Guggenheim and Getty Museums, as well as at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany.

Her new venture will be creating music for Reisen who will be making her ballet debut, which was also formative for her growing up in Houston. She saw Lauren Anderson, a pioneering black principal dancer at Houston Ballet, and once told writer Ayana Mathis, “My dream was to go to Juilliard.”

The new dance is Reisen’s third for City Ballet. The show will feature costumes by Alejandro Gómez Palomo from Palomo Spain. The fall fashion gala includes a premiere by Kyle Abraham, with costumes by Giles Deaco, and the first live performance of Justin Peck’s “Solo,” which premiered virtually in 2021 in a film directed by Sofia Coppola . The film now features costume design by Raf Simons. A performance of George Balanchine’s masterpiece, “Symphony in C” (1947), will close the impressive gala evening.

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