They've been the subject of art, literature and life for millennia.

They've been the subject of art, literature and life for millennia.

Now greed, envy, sloth, malice, lust, gluttony and pride will come to the Columbus stage through "7 Deadly Sins," a fiery collaboration between BalletMet and Shadowbox Live that's set to be a seasonal highlight for both groups.

"I think it's going to be an amazing piece," said Matthew Hahn, who wrote much of the evening's original score. "It's all about reaching out to new audiences and to each other."

Hahn joined Shadowbox as a high-school sophomore and has performed everything from Motown medleys to rock operas as leader of Shadowbox house band BillWho?. Still, he said, hashing out his pieces with ballet dancers was a new challenge.

"We've done a decent amount of original stuff, but it's all been for the purpose of stand-and-deliver rock 'n' roll," Hahn explained. "I've never done anything quite like this."

Described as the ultimate rock ballet, "7 Deadly Sins" will push BalletMet's versatile troupe in edgy new directions. On the flip side, it should expose Shadowbox fans to a new art form - and prove that ballet isn't just tutus and pas de deux.

"The energy and the rhythms of the music are exactly the drive that can invigorate the dancers," said Gerard Charles, BalletMet's artistic director. "Yes, it is a far cry from traditional classical ballet music, but it is very close to the heart of BalletMet and the creative drive we enjoy."

Each piece involved collaborative dialogue among musicians, dancers and seven choreographers, who will come in from across the country and Canada. For Hahn, creating the music meant digging deep into his experiences and those of others.

"I'd be pacing around my house at 3 a.m. just picking and trying to find something that would fit the piece," he remembered.

The final score will combine compositions by Hahn and his Shadowbox cohort Stev Guyer, rearranged classical works and covers of Santana and other pop greats.

What ties everything together is a familiar, timeless theme, Hahn said.

"[It's about] looking at these different situations and how humans respond, for good and for bad. This isn't just biblical theology - it happens to us every day."