Elite Syncopations

Elite Syncopations is a romp in psychedelic body-skimming costumes by designer Ian Spurling - each one hand-painted and patterned with arrows, or stars and stripes, buttons or bows.

Ragtime favourites from Scott Joplin and his contemporaries are performed live by an on-stage band who have been given carnival costumes of their own. The choreography is inspired by the social dances of the 1920s including the Charleston and Cakewalk, and with stylistic influences including the silent movie routines of Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, MacMillan’s dazzling characterisations are both witty and touching as the dancers flirt, dance and vie with each other for the limelight in this uplifting ballet from one of the most innovative choreographers of the 20th century.