We're excited to announce the world premiere of two new dance films by company creatives Sophie Laplane and Nicholas Shoesmith, with the first being screened to celebrate International Dance Day on Thursday 29 April 2021.

Following the success of her recent Zoom ballet Indoors and dance film OxymoreSophie Laplane is the first to bring her work back to the screen with her quintessentially quirky style in a new short film called Divedirected by Oscar Sansom.

Premiering on International Dance Day (29 April), Laplane partnered with James Bonas (The Crucible) and Oscar Sansom to create a new piece inspired by French artist Yves Klein and what has become the world’s most famous shade of blue.

Constance Devernay on set of Nicholas Shoesmith's Odyssey. Photo by Andy Ross.

Next up, Nicholas Shoesmith returns to choreograph for the company after premiering his socially distanced piece Catalyst in 2020.

Available from 4 May, Shoesmith's new work Odyssey, directed by Ciaran Lyons, is a high-octane short film that takes viewers on a journey through a game-like landscape inhabited by otherworldly beings, where the real and virtual collide.

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‘I’m thrilled to have commissioned these two new works, that celebrate the creativity and artistic language of each choreographer. Whilst contrasting in style, they are a celebration of home-grown talent and I’m excited to share each with audiences this spring.’

Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director

‘Dive is a new venture for me into the world of cinematography, immersing the viewer in a world of monochrome blue and empty white space, inspired by the visionary ideas of the artist Yves Klein. From stillness, we dive into the complexity that lies beneath the surface of simplicity; drawing the viewer in to a world of infinite possibilities and the unexpected, where questions are posed but not answered.’

Sophie Laplane, Choreographer in Residence

‘With Scottish Ballet taking great strides in pushing and developing dance films and digital content, I'm thrilled to bring our audiences on an other-worldly experience with our new film Odyssey. In collaboration with film-maker Ciaran Lyons, and inspired by the storytelling and camera work of many modern video games, we hope to plant you firmly in the passenger seat of our virtual escapade.’

Nicholas Shoesmith, Choreographer and Soloist

Sophie Laplane is generously supported by Sir Sandy & Lady Crombie. 

Nicholas Shoesmith is generously supported by Linda Herd.