From Scottish Ballet 24 February 2016
SCOTTISH BALLET ANNOUNCES CHECK-IT SCAFFOLD SERVICES AS SPONSOR OF NEW SWAN LAKE
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: www.scottishballet.co.uk/swan-lake-appeal or call 0141 331 6274
SWAN LAKE FACTFILE:
- 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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