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

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale The Ice Maiden, The Fairy's Kiss tells the story of a boy cursed with a kiss, destined for immortality.

The Fairy’s Kiss was originally created in 1960 and has had only one revival since. The original set design for the Royal Opera House's production was so complex that there were very few other ballets with which The Fairy's Kiss could be performed. Scottish Ballet will bring new life to the production to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of its choreographer, Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

While MacMillan rarely created fairytale ballets, it was the richness and complexity of Stravinsky's score that lured him in. As many as 65 musicians from Scottish Ballet's orchestra will come together to lift this score off the pages.

Original Synopsis notes from the World Premiere performance of The Fairy's Kiss. Royal Opera House, 12 April 1960.

The Lullaby in the Storm
A mother with her child struggles through the storm. The Fairy with her attendants appears and pursues her. The Fairy separates the mother from her child. Passing villagers find the body of the mother, now dead, and guided by the Fairy, they find the child. The Fairy kisses him on the forehead. The villagers become frightened and taking the child with them, they run away.

A Village Fête
The villagers gather for the fête. The child, now a young man, appears with his fiancée. A gypsy endeavours to tell the fortune of the young man and during the fortune telling the fiancée leaves with the villagers; left alone the young man discovers that the gypsy is the Fairy in disguise. She subjects him to her will, and promises him great happiness. Captivated, the young man is led to his fiancée.

At the Mill
Guided by the Fairy, the young man arrives at the mill, where he finds his fiancée playing games among her friends. The fairy disappears. They all dance. The Fairy appears again, and the young man is confused. The fiancée leaves with her friends and the young man is once more left alone. The Fairy reappears and the young man mistakes her for his fiancée. Suddenly the Fairy throws off her cloak and, dumbfounded, the young man realises his mistake. He is defenceless before the supernatural power of the Fairy. His resistance overcome, she holds him in her power. She kisses him.

The Lullaby of the Land Beyond Time and Place
The fiancée, lonely and sad, looks in vain for her lost love. The young man, now completely submissive to the power of the Fairy, is taken to the Land Beyond Time and Place; to live there eternally, marked by the kiss of the Fairy.

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.

This challenging work examines themes of violence, obedience and domination.

Part 1 - Then
In a place sheltered from the outside world, two brothers (one older, one younger) are immersed in their own thoughts and strong beliefs. They perform their daily rituals.

The brothers’ world is disrupted by the arrival of a woman, Faith.

Part 2 - Now
In a place cut-off from the outside world the younger brother is imprisoned and dominated by the intense beliefs of his older brother.

The younger brother is presented with an escape in the form of a woman, Death.