David Byrne is a highly popular musician who has been rocking the music world with his experimental music and rhythms since the 1970s.The versatile musician started performing as a teenager and has worked in a number of media like films, albums, opera and photography.Since then, Byrne has released solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography and opera.He has received Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe awards.So, I say to David Byrne, how on earth did you and Fatboy Slim end up writing a disco musical about the glamorous, spendthrift, shoe-collecting Filipina Imelda Marcos, and how did it come to be the opening production of the National Theatre’s newly refurbished and renamed Dorfman Theatre?Byrne, dapper in black and immaculately silver-quiffed at 62, pauses and cocks his head to the side. When it comes to the former Talking Heads frontman turned art-rock polymath, things seldom are.“I read a Ryszard Kapuscinski book about Haile Selassie and the surreal, artificial world of his court,” he says, “and I thought, ‘Oh, this is very theatrical in a non-naturalistic way, sort of like eastern, Asian or avant-garde theatre, or even pop music in a way’.During his early career he was known mainly as one of the co-founders of the new wave band Talking Heads which produced hit singles like ‘And She Was’ and ‘Burning Down the House’.The band was considered the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands of the new wave movement.
A brief reunion for a single Sax and Violins in 1991 occurred before the band again dissolved.
Moreover, by acting as both artist and model she destabilized the traditional gender roles of female object and male subject.
Her voyeuristic "Centerfolds," 1981 and "Fashion," 1983-84 series continued to engage with post-modern feminist discourse concerning the construction of woman-as-image.
But someone else did a play on that book and I filed the thought away.“Years later, I read that Imelda Marcos — who I knew as this woman with the shoes and outrageous behaviour and pronouncements — had a mirrorball in her New York townhouse.
The top floor of her palace had been converted almost into a dancehall.