In 2006, Scott Walker confirmed his position as one of the most singular talents working in any field of the arts by releasing the incomparable album the Drift. Later that year, Scott was commissioned by London’s South Bank Centre to write music for a contemporary dance piece. He immediately started work, and the completed score was recorded in the Spring of 2007. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball? is an entirely instrumental composition made up of four movements with a total running time of 25 minutes.
When the music was completed, it was given to choreographer Rafael Bonachela and a dance company called Candoco, whose ranks include both able-bodied and disabled dancers. With production and lighting design also influenced by Scott’s approach to the project, the first public performance took place at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, England on April 26th.
Since then, the company has toured the piece around Europe to much acclaim, and in September they return to the UK to perform at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. To coincide, 4AD will make the music for And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball? available as a limited edition release in deluxe packaging. It will never be repressed.
1. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? 1st Movement
2. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? 2nd Movement
3. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? 3rd Movement
4. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? 4th Movement