|Composed by:||Stewart Copeland|
|Premiere location:||San Francisco, CA, USA|
Michael Smuin (the director of the San Francisco Ballet - who had also worked as a choreographer on the movie Rumble Fish) asked Stewart to write this ballet in 1984.
King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare.
The ballet was performed six times in San Francisco, CA, USA.
King Lear was never officially released in recorded format.
Quotations and trivia
Stewart Copeland composed the music for this ballet while shooting The Rhythmatist in Africa in 1984. Choreographer Victoria Morgan got rid of most of the subplot and characters and Stewart composed the music to this shortened scenario which resulted in a 20 minute ballet. Stewart worked for certain characters at first and changed bits using Victorias input. He attended the rehearsals in a San Francisco Ballet studio as well as the performances on 1985-04-16 and 1985-04-17.
- King Lear wikipedia description
- San Francisco Ballet homepage
- article in Wilmington Morning Star - April 16, 1985