The Rite of Spring

Intense and visceral, Christopher Hampson’s The Rite of Spring, created originally for Atlanta Ballet, is presented 100 years after the original production revolutionised the world of dance and music.

Set to Stravinsky’s exhilarating score, performed live by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra, Hampson uses three dancers to reinvent the now infamous story of remorseless human sacrifice with brutal physicality and primal energy in this challenging work that examines themes of violence, obedience and domination.

The Fairy's Kiss (Le Baiser de la Fée)

The Fairy's Kiss (Le Baiser de la Fée) 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. 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.