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The Rite of Spring and Elite Syncopations

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An evening of tremendous contrast...

The Rite of Spring (2011)

Choreography: Christopher Hampson
Music: Igor Stravinksy

Intense and visceral, Christopher Hampson’s The Rite of Spring, created originally for Atlanta Ballet, is presented 100 years after the original production revolutionised the world of dance and music.

Set to Stravinsky’s exhilarating score, performed live by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra, Hampson uses three dancers – two men and a woman - to reinvent the now infamous story of remorseless human sacrifice with brutal physicality and primal energy in this challenging work that examines themes of violence, obedience and domination.


“The Rite of Spring is a spectacle to see with a message everyone should hear. “
Atlanta Times

“Exciting, dramatic and disturbing.”
The Scotsman, *****


Elite Syncopations (1974)

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Scott Joplin (and other Ragtime)
Design: Ian Spurling
Lighting Design: John B. Read

In stark contrast Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations is an irresistible carnival of colourful characters, psychedelic body-skimming costumes and vibrant ragtime music performed live on stage by a 12-piece band.

Inspired by the social dances of the 1920s, MacMillan’s dazzling characterisations are both witty and touching as the dancers flirt, dance and vie with each other for the limelight in this uplifting ballet from one of the most innovative choreographers of the 20th century.

“Here is Mr MacMillan in full verve. That’s entertainment.”
The New York Times on Elite Syncopations



Sets and costumes provided by Birmingham Royal Ballet.


Running Time: 1hr 40min (inc 20min interval)

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Under 26, full-time student or unwaged? Grab the best available seat for £10!

How to get your ticket: available in person on the day of the performance with a valid ID card or proof of status. Available from 1 hour prior to the start of the performance.
You can also purchase standby tickets at the King's Theatre Glasgow box office from 12 noon
on the day of the performance.

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