Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter set to return to ‘dance’ music… with a ballet score

Thomas Bangalter
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When Daft Punk confirmed their split earlier this year, one of the first questions was what the two members of the electronic music duo - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter - would do next. 

Well, we now have half of the answer; it’s been confirmed that Bangalter will provide the music for Mythologies, a new ballet that’s being co-produced by Opéra National de Bordeaux and Ballet Preljocaj.

Set to run from 1 to 10 July 2022 at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, this will feature 10 dancers from each company and, based on an English translation from French, see choreographer Angelin Preljocaj “explore contemporary rituals and the founding myths that shape the collective imagination”.

We’re guessing this is going to mean something other than acidic 303 basslines and booming 909 kicks, but you never know. Musical direction will be provided by Romain Dumas.

As part of Daft Punk, Bangalter previously worked on the soundtrack for Disney movie Tron Legacy, and has collaborated with filmmaker Gaspar Noé on several occasions. He also formed one half of Stardust, who had a huge hit in 1998 with Music Sounds Better With You, their one and only release.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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