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Kaleo are from Iceland, but when they play Array at the Bomb Factory May 12, they won’t be far from home. The five-piece’s bluesy rock sound is reminiscent of the Mississippi Delta, and in many ways their story begins right here in Texas.

In 2015, three years after forming, Kaleo were signed to Atlantic and promptly relocated from Reykjavic to Austin, where they made their South by Southwest debut the same year to rave reviews. Since then, they’ve been streamed millions of times on Spotify; released a chart-topping album, 2016’s A/B; opened for the Rolling Stones; and been nominated for a Grammy for “No Good.”

You read that right. They did all that in six years.

Array is a one-night music + art + tech extravaganza that’s part of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s three-week-long SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival. Chronic overachievers Kaleo will score a premiere performance by an innovative Dallas-based ballet company. The pairing of Kaleo and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet is a fitting one because their creative journeys have followed parallel tracks.

Around the time Kaleo were forming in 2012, professional dancer Emilie Skinner was putting on the first performance of a new company that would foster collaboration between choreographers, visual artists and professional ballet dancers based in Dallas. Many of the dancers Skinner has recruited are Dallas natives who have returned home after touring internationally.

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet’s mission is to ensure the continued relevance of classical dance to contemporary culture, and it does this in two ways. One, by producing an inspired blend of historic ballet revivals and experimental works that incorporate film, original music and elaborate costumes. And, two, by meeting audiences where they are.

That has meant performing ballets everywhere from the Texas Theatre to the Dallas Public Library to the 30th anniversary celebration of the movie Robocop. Basically, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet can turn just about anything into an opportunity for ballet.

May 12 at The Bomb Factory, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet will take on its next challenge and produce an original work for the Icelandic rock band Kaleo. Buy a ticket to Array to watch these distinct and formidable forces collide.