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: Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes, including one 20 minute interval.

Age guidance: 12+ (Contains some scenes of violence).

Stravinsky is touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen & Inverness. Scroll further for details.


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. The full Scottish Ballet Orchestra will come together to lift this score off the pages.


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, The Rite of Spring was widely acclaimed following its 2013 performance at the Edinburgh International Festival.

★★★★★ "Visceral and unrelenting."

The Herald

★★★★★ "demands your attention"

The Scotsman

Escape to the dimly lit, cozy confines of the theatre and listen to the score of The Rite of Spring.

Stravinsky wrote The Rite of Spring for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company. It caused sensation when first performed in 1913 as it was unlike anything ballet audiences had heard before. It is now considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

The Rite of Spring is in turns delicate, aggressive, rhythmic and dissonant, and uses a big orchestra to full effect. Click below to listen to 2 extracts from the score.


Delve Deeper into Stravinsky

Go behind-the-scenes of Stravinsky. Discover more about the production before it unfolds on stage.

GALLERIES

Rite of Spring Gallery
The Fairy's Kiss Rehearsal Gallery
The Rite of Spring Rehearsal Gallery

FREE EVENTS

Immerse yourself in the world of Stravinsky with these free events, available to all who attend the performance on selected dates. Be sure to view each event in detail, as some require bookings.

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Watch On Stage Rehearsals

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First glimpse - Rehearsal & Discussion

Be the first to see rehearsal and talk to the creative team. Meet Christopher Hampson, dancers, Diana Curry (notator) and Donald MacLeary (Rehearsal Director). Exclusive to our Director's Circle members.

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Credits - The Fairy's Kiss

Credits - The Rite of Spring

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.

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Places, Dates & Times

  • Glasgow

    Theatre Royal

    Talk Ballet: Stravinsky (pre-show)

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  • Edinburgh

    Festival Theatre

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    Talk Ballet: Stravinsky (post-show)

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    Talk Ballet: Stravinsky (pre-show)

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    Talk Ballet: Stravinsky (post-show)

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  • Aberdeen

    His Majesty's Theatre

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  • Inverness

    Eden Court

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