It has been announced that one half of the genius behind Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter, is to create the score for a new ballet entitled Mythologies. This will be his first public project since the iconic dance duo announced their split in February of this year.
The ballet will be produced in tandem by Opéra National de Bordeaux and Ballet Preljocal and is about the “founding myths that shape the collective imagination”. It is set to run between July 1-10th, 2022 and will be directed by the lauded Angelin Preljocal, the founder of the eponymous ballet. Bangalter’s score will, of course, not be electronically realised, with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine pencilled in to perform it.
No reason for Daft Punk’s split has been disclosed, leaving fans bewildered by the decision. The spilt came 28 years after the group’s formation. The Parisian pair announced the break-up via a video entitled ‘Epilogue’. Unsurprisingly, fans were shocked by the decision. The shock was so severe that Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker felt the emotional impact was like a death.
He told Matt Wilkinson: “I think I was sitting in front of the TV as a kid watching like Saturday morning video clips,” he remembered. “In fact, definitely. I think it was ‘Da Funk.’ I almost remember the first time. I wasn’t really into that kind of music then, but it definitely stuck in my brain. I was like, what is this?”
Parker continued: “I mean, I guess I wasn’t expecting to be as emotional as I was, It was almost like when you hear about someone that’s died. I know it’s obviously not nearly as tragic as when someone dies, but that kind of shock.”
Unsurprisingly, given the duo’s iconic status, streams of their music skyrocketed after the announcement. Other stars such as Nile Rodgers and Julian Casablancas took to social media to show their respect for the dance legends.