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In Light and Shadow

Krzysztof Pastor (2000)  

Inspired by a range of Baroque dances and painters including Vermeer, Rembrandt and La Tour the ballet focuses, as the title suggests, on the interplay of light and shadow as über-contemporary lines are juxtaposed with the rich and celebratory music of Bach.  Beginning with a delicate, reflective duet to the aria from Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the ballet opens out into a rich tapestry of explosive solos, duets and ensemble work to Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite, described by Pastor himself as a suite of dances inspired by the spirit of the Baroque period, and as detailed as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Fresco where ornate features contrast with light and shadow.  

Interview: Adam Blyde on Dancing In Light and Shadow


Choreography: Krzysztof Pastor
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Design: Tatyana Van Walsum

What the press said  

"Krzysztof Pastor’s finale collage of blithe flirtations and elegant dalliance. A dazzling array of witty inventions that celebrate Bach’s musical patternings and élan. Baroque courtliness is spiked with a joie-de-vivre."  
- The Herald

"The stunning interpretation proved Scottish Ballet deserves to be seen on the world’s stage."
- The Scotsman

"An appealing, delicate work. With whirring arms and fleet touches, they fly around the stage in ever-changing patterns."
- Daily Telegraph

“The parade of skills and skirts (men too) flying with natural elegance."
- The Guardian

“The Bach score is a gift. Pastor’s quick-flowing contemporary style (with women on pointe) allows the different personalities and styles of the company to shine.  The dance comes in great waves and ripples, with sculptural balances to still the eye. It is a feel-good finish that shows Scottish Ballet’s every hue."
- Sunday Herald


40th Anniversary Season 2009

(performed with Balanchine's Rubies and Forsythe's Workwithinwork) 

Sadler's Wells, London 
1 - 3 October 2009
Theatre Royal, Glasgow 
8 - 10 October 2009
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 
15 - 17 October 2009
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen 
23 -24 October 2009
Eden Court, Inverness 
30 - 31 October 2009

Summer tour 2008

(Aria section) 

Macphail Centre, Ullapool
26 June 2008
The Maltings, Berwick-Upon-Tweed
27 and 28 June 2008 
An Lanntair, Stornoway
28 June 2008 
The Ryan Centre, Stranraer
1 July 2008 
The Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall
2 July 2008.
Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
3 July 2008
Clickimin Centre, Lerwick
5 July 2008
The Byre, St Andrews
5 July 2008
Town Hall, Elgin
8 July 2008
Reid Hall, Forfar 
>8 July 2008
Haddo House, Aberdeenshire 
10 July 2008
Corran Hall, Oban
12 July 2008
DG One, Dumfries
12 July 2008

Spring Season 2007

(performed with Balanchine's Agon, Darrell's Othello and Page's Room of Cooks, and as part of the Peter Darrell Gala on Friday 13th April 2007) 

Glasgow Theatre Royal
Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 April 2007
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 April 2007
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 April 2007

Edinburgh International Festival 2006

(performed with Balanchine's Agon, van Manen's Two Pieces for HET and Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun)

Edinburgh Playhouse
Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August 2006

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