A boy cursed with a kiss, destined for immortality. See Scottish Ballet perform Sir Kenneth MacMillan's The Fairy's Kiss on BBC iPlayer.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale 'The Ice Maiden', The Fairy's Kiss is a one act ballet composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1928.

Scottish Ballet brought new life to the production in Autumn 2017 to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of its choreographer, Sir Kenneth MacMillan. It toured the UK to wide acclaim, including Scottish Ballet's debut performance at the Royal Opera House, London, as part of Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration.

The performance was filmed at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh in October and will be free to stream in full online through BBC iPlayer until 12 February 2018 (available to view in the UK).

Running time: Approx. 50 minutes.

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DELVER DEEPER INTO THE FAIRY'S KISS

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.

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 has come together to lift this score off the pages.

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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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