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Sigur Rós to write music for Australian ballet

Icelandic indie band Sigur Rós has agreed to write music for a ballet performance created by world-known US dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, which will premier in Melbourne, Australia, October 27.

Sigur Rós and Cunningham first cooperated after Cunningham asked Sigur Rós to write music for a ballet performance he had composed in the fall of 2003. The English rock band Radiohead also participated in the project, entitled “Split Sides,” Morgunbladid reports.

The project involved ballet shoes fastened to a frame with a microphone attached to them, and Sigur Rós played the shoes with vibrating hammers. The soundtrack, about 30 minutes long, was later released on an album entitled Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do.

Cunningham’s new ballet project has 32 versions and spectators will not know which version they will experience until the beginning of each show.

Sigur Rós will premiere their new movie in Australia the day after the first ballet show.

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