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David Byrne is writing a new music based on the life of Joan Of Arc

20 May 2016, 11:11 | Written by Laurence Day

David Byrne is penning a new musical based around the life of Joan Of Arc - it's called Saint Joan.

It's scheduled to open on Valentine's Day 2017 in NYC at the Public Theater. It follows his 2014 musical Here Lies Love - a collaboration with Fatboy Slim.

Explaining the project in a post on his website, the Talking Heads legend described the upcoming production as "anthemic and spiritual".

"Like Here Lies Love, this one is almost all contemporary music with very little spoken text," Byrne writes. "Though this time around the music is more anthemic and 'spiritual' rather than the clubby disco grooves of Here Lies Love. The main character in both pieces is a well-documented historical figure. In fact, Joan's trial was the first to be so well documented - so there was a lot of that trial's testimony to draw on. (There was another trial, as well - one that involved a lot of oral history from those who knew her.) There was actually a lot of primary research to work with! On stage, imagine a singer - a contemporary young woman - backed by her inspired band, ultimately immolated at the end of her concert."

Read more on Byrne's website.

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