La Bagatelle Magique was originally conceived as a collaborative project between Robyn, Christian Falk, and Markus Jägerstedt. After Falk passed away a year ago, the remaining two finished up what work they had left and put out their Love Is Free EP last month. The band was scheduled to have their live debut at Dans Dakar, which they cancelled, and then made up for by having their first performance be at Sweden’s Popaganda Festival at the end of August instead. After that, Robyn realized that she wouldn’t be able to perform the La Bagatelle Magique material for a while, and cancelled scheduled performances in San Francisco and Brazil. Here’s what she had to say in a statement:
It was much harder singing these songs on stage than I thought. Even though it’s been a year since Christian passed, I’m heartbroken and performing them feels too heavy still. I’m sorry to disappoint the fans that have bought tickets to these shows, and I will do my best to come back to San Francisco and Brazil soon.
A press release says that a new La Bagatelle Magique video is in the works, but that Robyn “requires a clean break from performing to focus on the future so she can return with new music.”