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Casting for Highland Fling in Inverness

Casting for Scottish Ballet's production of Highland Fling in Eden Court is now online here.


Casting for Highland Fling in Glasgow

Casting for Scottish Ballet's production of Highland Fling in Glasgow's Theatre Royal is now online here.


Christopher Hampson announced as Genee International 2013 judge!

Scottish Ballet's very own Christopher Hampson has today been announced as a judge for the Final of this year’s Genee International Ballet Competition, to be held in Glasgow in September.

Christopher has been an active supporter of the Genee since 2003, when he took on the role of Commissioned Choreographer for the Birmingham event: "The opportunity to host the Gene?e is one I know Glasgow will seize with both hands. As a proud resident of this most dynamic of cities, I'm honoured to be on the judging panel for what promises to be a true showcase of international dance."

Joining Christopher on the judging panel will be Darcey Bussell CBE and Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare. They will select medallists from rising stars of ballet, who will – as part of the competition – perform Variations choreographed by Royal Ballet Choreographic Apprentice Robert Binet. Canadian-born Robert Binet will choreograph Variations for both male and female competitors.

Darcey Bussell, recently appointed RAD president, said: ‘The Gene?e is an extraordinary experience for any student, due to the talent it attracts. I am very excited to be part of the judging panel this year, as it is one of the largest annual competitions and is recognised around the world by everyone in dance. Past winners have gone on to have fulfilling careers in the best companies around the world.’

Kevin O’Hare said: ‘What makes the Genee so exciting for me is the chance it gives us all to see a new generation of talent tackle world-class choreography on an international stage. I'm thrilled to be part of the team.’

The Geneee International Ballet Competition will run from 21-29 September 2012, with public performances by semi-finalists taking place on 26 and 27 September at the New Athenaeum Theatre and the Final taking place on 29 September at the Theatre Royal Glasgow.

Tickets for public events will go on sale in April.




Dancer promotions


We would like to say a big congratulations to Christopher Harrison, who has been promoted to Principal, Bethany Kingsley-Garner who has been promoted to Soloist and to Remi Andreoni and Victor Zarallo who have both been promoted to Coryphée. (Above, l-r: Remi Andreoni, Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Christopher Harrison and Victor Zarallo). 

Scottish born Christopher joined Scottish Ballet in 2005 and was promoted to Soloist in 2009. Most recently performing lead roles of Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker Prince in our recent production of The Nutcracker.

You may recognise Bethany and Remi from the current Highland Fling poster, and from their performances as Marie and The Prince in the recent Nutcracker tour. Victor joined Scottish Ballet in 2008, and his roles include Alan in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Grandfather and Fritz in The Nutcracker.

Congratulations all round!


Based in Inverness and love to dance?

Scottish Ballet is holding a 'Junior Associate Experience' day in Eden Court this May 2013:


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Comic Relief 2013

One chilly afternoon last month we were joined in the studio by this year's Red Nose Day Mascot Triceytops. Dancers Constance Deverney, Amy Hadley, Brenda Lee Grech, Lewis Landini, Andrew Peasgood and Nicholas Shoesmith donned their red noses and comic relief t-shirts to help raise awareness for this years Red Nose Day on Friday 15 March! 

Look at these great pics:

'Scotland's Dance Pioneer' Glasgow Film Festival screenings

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Peter Darrell: Scotland's Dance Pioneer

Peter Darrell was already a successful and ground-breaking choreographer when he became the first artistic director of Scottish Ballet in 1969. The first choreographer to set dance to the music of The Beatles and one of the first to create a ballet especially for British television – Peter Darrell also discovered Michael Clark and inspired Matthew Bourne, who both pay tribute to him in this special documentary to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his death.  The documentary ends with a fresh staging of his pas de deux for Cheri featuring Scottish Ballet's Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne.

Originally aired on BBC 2 in December the documentary is being screened at Glasgow's Film Theatre as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. Footage of Darrell’s work Mods and Rockers (1964, 25 mins) and Houseparty (1964, 30 mins), an experimental ballet for BBC2 based on Francis Poulenc’s score for Les Biches will also be screened.

Visit the Glasgow Film Festival website for more information.

Peter Darrell: Scotland's Dance Pioneer
Glasgow Film Theatre

Friday 15 February: 11.15am
Tuesday 19 February: 2.30pm



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