Pet Shop Boys to compose ballet based on Hans Christian Andersen story

February 21st, 2009 - 12:37 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 21 (ANI): The Pet Shop Boys are working on a ballet based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, Neil Tennant has revealed.

The singer said that the work, which will be staged at Sadler’’s Wells, will feature “electronics and strings.

Tennant told Radio 2 presenter Stuart Maconie that the piece could open at the London theatre in 2011.

He and keyboardist Chris Lowe were composing an original score, he said.

Winning an outstanding contribution at Wednesday night’’s Brit Awards had given the duo “a warm feeling”, he added.

The 54-year-old star who told Maconie he liked “Shostakovich a lot” and that Prokofiev was “brilliant”, said the ballet was “a very exciting project”.

“It’’s quite a big project. There’’s a lot of music to write but we”ve written half an hour of it and we”ve done a bit of a workshop with them. It’’s got a story, it’’s like a Tchaikovsky ballet in that it’’s based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen but we”ve got the choreographer sorted out now, The BBC quoted him, as saying.

He added: “We”re going to be working on that across the year but we”re touring so we probably won”t get it really finished until the end of next year.”

The duo will release their 10th studio album, Yes, next month and will play live dates in June at Manchester Apollo and London’’s O2 arena.

Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Among his best-known stories are “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Thumbelina”, “The Little Match Girl”, “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Red Shoes”. (ANI)

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