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Mick Jagger Reveals What It's Like to Collaborate With His Girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick

The couple is working together to bring rock 'n roll to ballet.
IMAGE ROB RICH COPYRIGHT 2019
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When listening to Rolling Stones music, one is more likely to think of screaming fans and large arenas than pirouettes and Lincoln Center. But Mick Jagger and his girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, a ballerina with the American Ballet Theater, are determined to change that.

The couple recently announced they will collaborate on a special ballet, Porte Rouge, choreographed to music by the Rolling Stones. Hamrick will be choreographing the ballet, while Jagger is curating the music from his extensive back-catalog of tracks.

Last night Jagger and Hamrick celebrated their upcoming performance at an intimate dinner party at the Pool restaurant co-hosted by Net-a-porter and Marcella Guarino Hymowitz in celebration of the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP). T&C grabbed a moment with Jagger and Hamrick as they arrived at the Pool's discreet entrance to talk all about their exciting new collaboration.

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What about the charity [Youth America Grand Prix] is important for you to support?

Hamrick: That’s how I started, I did their competition the first year it opened when I was twelve. So it’s kind of like full circle, twenty years later I’m coming in to choreograph. And they’re helping me find new things to do in the ballet the world and I’m choreographing with some of the students. So it’s quite fun.

What’s the creative process been like, how has it been working together?

Jagger: Melanie had the idea to do the ballet and she’s choreographing it and she chose the songs to be honest. We discussed a few alternatives–but she really chose them. Part of my job is to make sure that they all run together smoothly, do the links and the edits so they work together. So they flow nicely and the highs and lows go together and the keys work going from one song to the next–that sort of thing.

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Hamrick: I didn't know any of that before!

Jagger: We added bits of sound effects for the ballet but I mean it’s all music that’s already quite well-known songs.


Co-hosts Net-a-Porter and Marcella Guarino Hymowitz honored Melanie and Mick's Port Rouge Ballet

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Between you two your son [Deveraux, two year-old] has quite the artistic genes, whose dance moves would you say he takes after the most?

Jagger: [chuckling] It's too early to say.

The couple's joint project will first premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg before its debut in New York at YGAP's 20th anniversary Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow gala at the David Koch Theater in Lincoln Center on April 18, 2019. Tickets for YGAP's 20th-anniversary gala are available for purchase on the foundation's website starting at $600.


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(L) Co-host Marcella Guarino Hymowitz, Mary Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, and Colby Mugrabi.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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