From Scottish Ballet 24 February 2016


Scottish Ballet is thrilled to announce that it has teamed up with Scottish company Check-It Scaffold Services Ltd for a unique arts sponsorship of the company’s new production of Swan Lake, created by internationally renowned choreographer David Dawson. This exciting partnership marks the first time that Check-It Scaffold Services has sponsored an arts company, and Scottish Ballet is delighted that Arts & Business Scotland are providing match-funding in the form of a New Arts Sponsorship Grant from the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland.

Check-It Scaffold Services is also going one step further in its support of Scottish Ballet’s new Swan Lake by pledging to match-fund individual donations from the public to the Swan Lake Appeal, which launched today, in addition to its production sponsorship.

Donations to the Swan Lake Appeal will help to bring David Dawson’s bold re-imagining of this classic ballet to life by helping the creative team to produce new choreography, sets and costumes. Creating a new version of Swan Lake is an ambitious undertaking and every donation to the Swan Lake Appeal will go even further, thanks to Check-It Scaffold Services generously matching each and every donation, pound for pound.

As a charity, Scottish Ballet can only continue to be the ambitious and forward thinking Company that it is today with the help of its generous supporters. Donations to the Swan Lake Appeal are vital in helping Scottish Ballet to create a bold and dynamic version of this iconic ballet for a new generation.

“Public support is vital in ensuring that Scottish Ballet can continue to create innovative and exciting works. Donations to the Swan Lake Appeal will help ensure that our new version of this iconic masterpiece will thrill audiences in Scotland and beyond. I am thankful to Check-It Scaffold Services for their generous support in matching individual donations to the Swan Lake Appeal.”

Scottish Ballet CEO / Artistic Director Christopher Hampson

“From developing young talent, training and costumes, to touring and facility management, we are aware of the huge cost involved in keeping Scottish Ballet running and how reliant it is on public support, donations and sponsorship. Due to our love of ballet, this was a fantastic opportunity to personally support the arts, as well as this year forming a corporate partnership with our company, Check-It Scaffold Services. Knowing the high standards of Scottish Ballet’s recent productions, we are sure they will create a fresh and bold version of Swan Lake and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to become part of this exciting project.”

Check-It Scaffold Services Managing Director John Austin

The partnership between Scottish Ballet and Check-It Scaffold Services Ltd is a fantastic collaboration which highlights the importance of cross-sector working in contributing to Scotland’s thriving cultural offering. We’re delighted to support this partnership through the New Arts Sponsorship Programme and wish Scottish Ballet every success for both the production and the appeal.”

Arts & Business Scotland Chief Executive David Watt

Scottish Ballet’s new Swan Lake marks the company’s first new interpretation of this classic ballet in over 20 years. Choreographer David Dawson is creating this new work, with set design by John Otto, costume design by Yumiko Takeshima and lighting design by Bert Dalhuysen.

Swan Lake will be performed at Theatre Royal, Glasgow, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Eden Court, Inverness, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and Empire Theatre, Liverpool in April, May and June 2016.

To donate to the Swan Lake Appeal, visit: or call 0141 331 6274


  • Swan Lake will take 18 months to create from its first inception to the world premiere in April
  • Scottish Ballet’s 36 dancers will spend 416 hours in rehearsal with David Dawson to create this new production
  • Costume designer Yumiko Takeshima will design 110 costumes for Swan Lake, brought to life by Scottish Ballet’s Wardrobe department
  • Scottish Ballet’s dancers will use 104 pairs of ballet shoes throughout the Swan Lake tour
  • Swan Lake’s contemporary set will be designed by John Otto in collaboration with Scottish Ballet’s Technical team
  • The Scottish Ballet Orchestra will rehearse Tchaikovsky’s iconic score for 26 hours and will perform for 102 hours in total throughout the tour

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Swan Lake

Scottish Ballet’s new Swan Lake, created by award-winning choreographer David Dawson, will receive its world premiere in April.

This marks Scottish Ballet’s first reimaging of Swan Lake since 1995. It is an imaginative re-telling of the iconic story, focusing on the human side of the story and the universal themes of love and betrayal. In contrast to traditional productions, David Dawson has sought to evoke a sense of timelessness in this new version of Swan Lake by choosing minimal set and costumes.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, Scottish Ballet’s new Swan Lake will feature costume design by Yumiko Takeshima, set design by John Otto and lighting design by Bert Dalhuysen.

Swan Lake will be performed at Theatre Royal, Glasgow, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Eden Court, Inverness, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and Empire Theatre, Liverpool in April, May and June 2016.

Check-It Scaffold Services Limited

Check-It Scaffold Services Limited has offered a first class Scaffolding & Building equipment service for 27 years, under the leadership of its Managing Director John Austin.

Check-It Scaffold Services Ltd has offered this service to the Civil Engineering, Water and Sewerage, Construction, House Building, Manufacturing, Engineering, Petro-Chem Restoration & Refurbishment Industries right through to the Local DIY Residences. The company is based in East Kilbride, with satellite offices in Edinburgh and North England and covers a geographical area which includes West, Central, North East, and North West Scotland down to the Borders, Carlisle and South West Scotland. Check-It Scaffold Services now also carry out this service in all parts of England using their network of suppliers and Satellite Offices.

Check-It Scaffold Services employs on average between 30 - 40 employees and all personnel are highly trained and skilled. The various services and products the company offer are carried out to the highest possible safety standards, all to conform to the current Health, Safety and environmental Regulations and their own Health, Safety & Environmental Policy Document and Quality Assurance Policy Document.

The company is currently working with numerous building, Restoration, Refurbishment, Construction and Civil Engineering companies on various projects within the aforementioned geographical area, along with several large; medium and small Construction Companies in Commercial, Manufacturing, Petro-Chem, Refurbishment, Waste Water Treatment Works, Civil Engineering, Housing and Private Developments.

Check-It Scaffold Services are currently working with FCBC JV on the new Forth Road Bridge Crossing, supplying various scaffold structures associated with bridge construction over substantial spans over the water.

Arts and Business Scotland

  • Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS) is a national charity which encourages and promotes new and sustainable collaborations between the creative and business sectors. It fosters dynamic cross sector relationships to enable Scotland to benefit from a vibrant cultural community.
  • The New Arts Sponsorship (NAS) Grant programme encourages private sector sponsorship of cultural activity in Scotland. Administered by A&BS and funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland it offers £1 for £1 match funding to cultural organisations which have secured sponsorship from an eligible business.
  • In total, over £7 million has been invested in culture through NAS with Scottish Government investment exceeding £3 million since the grant programme began in 2006.