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The National’s Dessner twins announce “multimedia spectacle” in London

By | Published on Thursday 6 October 2011

The National

The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner have announced details of a new show due to take place at The Barbican next February, which is being described as a “multimedia spectacle”. Entitled ‘The Long Count’, the collaboration with visual artist Matthew Ritchie was originally commissioned for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2009 Next Wave Festival.

The show is based on the 1976 World Series, which took place the same year the twins were born and in their home city of Cincinnati, and the first two books of Mayan myth Popol Vah. It features music written by the Dessners and performed by a twelve-piece orchestra, plus visuals by Ritchie, as well as text written by Aaron and Bryce themselves, The National vocalist Matthew Berninger, My Brightest Diamond vocalist Shara Worden, and Kelley and Kim Deal.

Tickets go on sale on Friday from the Barbican website.