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SCOTTISH BALLET UNVEILS PLANS UNDER NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

At a press conference held today, 12 September 2012, at Scottish Ballet headquarters in Glasgow and online to media across the world, Chief Executive Cindy Sughrue and incoming Artistic Director Christopher Hampson unveiled forthcoming plans and aspirations for the future of the company.

  • For the first time, Scottish Ballet will present the work of five-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne OBE - a coup that grants the company an exclusive license to Matthew's Highland FlingInspired by La Sylphide, and with a wickedly wry contemporary Scotch twist, Highland Fling follows the antics of James - a young Scot with sex, love and rock-and-roll on his mind.  Scottish Ballet will tour Highland Fling across Scotland in spring 2013.

  • Winter 2013/14 will see the world premiere of Christopher's first choreography for the company and the first ever large-scale professional, full-length ballet production of Hansel & Gretel.  Touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Belfast and Newcastle in winter 2013/14.  Hansel & Gretel promises a deliciously surreal, mouth-wateringly inventive festive treat that offers, in true Scottish Ballet style, a magical and innovative twist on one of the most famous fairytales of all time.

  • Plans to engage with choreographers both new and established (all with an exciting, visionary dance vocabulary) were further revealed: California's Helen Pickett – ex-dancer with Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt and a choreographer renowned for her energetic, yet poetic creations; Canada's award-winning Crystal Pite - Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater and Artistic Director of Kidd-Pivot, an inter-disciplinary performing arts company based in Vancouver; and Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally - an exciting, fresh and cutting-edge choreographer in ballet whom the term 'indie ballet' could have been coined as she uses contemporary music and cultural references to engage young, new-to-ballet audiences.

  • Further intentions to pay respect to the visionary talent of its founding Artistic Director Peter Darrell CBE with the re-introduction of significant Darrell works into the repertoire, revealing that it has recently restaged sections of Darrell's Chéri for a special BBC Scotland documentary to be shown later this year commemorating the 25th anniversary of the choreographer's death.

Download a full copy of the accompanying press release below.

Scottish Ballet September 2012 Press Release

   

Find Your Feet - coming to Islay and Dumfries & Galloway soon!

Throughout autumn 2012, Scottish Ballet is visiting seven areas of Scotland: Islay, Mull, Arran, Greenock, Perth, Fort William and Dumfries and Galloway. Find Your Feet has been designed to bring the Company’s activities to participants of all ages and abilities.

In each area Scottish Ballet will offer a range of FREE workshops, talks, events and a taster performance by BA Modern Ballet students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, whilst also working with a range of local schools and groups.

The first stop for the Find Your Feet tour is Islay - from 28 September - 1 October. Full details for Islay events are listed here

Dumfries & Galloway is the next stop for Find Your Feet, from the 5 - 8 October. Full details for Dumfries & Gallowayevents are listed here

Keep your eyes peeled to the Find Your Feet page, full details for all seven areas will be available soon!

   

Dance GB webcast video

This Dance GB webcast shows our live broadcast from a very special dancers’ class in the Peter Darrell Studio at Scottish Ballet’s headquarters. Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet and National Dance Company Wales are currently on tour with Dance GB. This webcast provides the opportunity to watch all three companies taking their daily technique class together.

The class was followed by a Q&A session with dancers Daniel Davidson (Scottish Ballet), Annabeth Berkeley (National Dance Company Wales) and Barry Drummond (English National Ballet).


   

Open Ballet Class - 16th July

Please note that there will be no Open Ballet Class on Monday 16th July as Scottish Ballet will be closed because of the Public holiday.
   

Be part of Big Dance 2012, the UK’s biggest ever celebration of dance

The Countdown to Big Dance Week has officially started, and you can get involved!

   

Enter our It's Your Turn competition to win VIP Dance GB tickets!

Get involved in Dance GB - show us what you can do and you could win VIP tickets!

   

Scottish Ballet and The Big Dance attempt to break a world record

Today, thousands of children across the UK took part in an attempt to break the world record for the Largest Dance Routine (multi venue) ever performed. 

   

Vacancies at Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet currently has vacancies for a Special Programmes Manager and a Marketing and Communications Editor.

   

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