Two tales of outsiders, mortality and sacrifice – set to magnificent live scores.
Experience the bold, sensual power of Igor Stravinsky’s scores, performed by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. A programme of two dramatically contrasting ballets – The Fairy’s Kiss (Le Baiser de la Fée) and The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps).
Running time: The performance lasts approximates 2 hours, including one 20 minute interval
The Fairy's Kiss (Le Baiser de la Fée)
Scottish Ballet will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Scottish born choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan with a re-staging of his early narrative work The Fairy’s Kiss (Le Baiser de la Fée), which will feature a stunning new set and costumes designed by Gary Harris. The ballet is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Ice Maiden and tells the story of a boy destined for immortality after being kissed at birth by a fairy. The Fairy’s Kiss (Le Baiser de la Fée) was originally created in 1960 and has had only one revival since.
It was the richness and complexity of Stravinsky's score for Le Baiser de la fée that drew MacMillan uncharacteristically towards this fairytale. His 1960 setting stays close to the original scenario, in which an 'enchanted' young man abandons his betrothed. Yet while MacMillan interpreted the story as an allegory of the artist's dilemma - to follow the demands of genius, or to settle for more ordinary, human happiness - his version has a darker hue.
Credits - The Fairy's Kiss
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps)
Feel the raw energy of the score – and the anguish of moral conflict, brought to an end through violent sacrifice.
Choreographed by Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, this ballet was widely acclaimed following its 2013 performance at the Edinburgh International Festival.
★★★★★ "Visceral and unrelenting."The Herald
★★★★★ "demands your attention"The Scotsman
Scottish Ballet is extremely grateful for the support it has received from the following organisations and individuals:
- The recreation of The Fairy’s Kiss has been generously supported by The Linbury Trust.
- Significant investment has also been received from Geoff & Mary Ball, Kate & Gavin Gemmell, The Turtleton Trust, Iain McGlashan Charitable Trust and the Viewforth Trust.
- Further generous donations from The Binks Trust, Fred Hay, Juliette Paton, Bill and Mary Scott, Jan Munro and other anonymous donors.