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September 21, 2011

Paul McCartney's Ocean's Kingdom at the New York City Ballet

By Marnie Hanel | Dance

Paul McCartney in action. Courtesy of New York City Ballet.

If anyone deserves to be called a living legend, it's Paul McCartney. The Beatles veteran has accomplished more in a single lifetime than any other living musician, and is even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for his unprecedented success as a composer and musician. Now, at age 69, McCartney steps onto a new stage. Tonight, Thursday, September 22, his first original orchestral score for dance, Ocean's Kingdom, will debut at the annual gala for the New York City Ballet. Choreographed by Peter Martins and featuring 48 dancers, this sweeping underwater ballet follows King Ocean's daughter, Princess Honorata, as she takes on a terrestrial love triangle. McCartney's own daughter, Stella, designed the costumes for the ballet. Additional performances are slated for September, and the run picks up again post-Nutcracker in January. For those who simply can't wait, the score will also be released on disk October 3.

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