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Paul McCartney’s posts clip of ballet composition ‘Ocean’s Kingdom’ online – video

Beatle reveals rehearsal footage ahead of opening show tomorrow (September 22)

Paul McCartney has posted a clip of his ballet composition ‘Ocean’s Kingdom’ ahead of the show’s opening night in New York tomorrow (September 22).

The video, which you can watch by scrolling down and clicking below, shows rehearsal footage of the Beatle working with the performers and talking about the piece set to debut at New York City Ballet. There will be four more performances of the composition this month and then five additional shows in January 2012.

The show is 90 minutes long and takes the form of a love story set underwater, during which the peace of the ocean comes under attack from humans.

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As well as recording the music for the show, McCartney also came up with some of the movements.

At the beginning of the third movement, I said, ‘OK one of the characters is in prison she should be like this [puts his hands over his head and leans forward]’.

‘Ocean’s Kingdom’ is made up of four movements, is conducted by John Wilson and performed by the London Classical Orchestra.

An album of the composition is set to be released on October 3 through Decca, who once rejected The Beatles in the early ’60s, apparently saying that the band had “no future in showbusiness”.

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