From Scottish Ballet 25 February 2016
SCOTTISH BALLET GEARS UP FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SWAN LAKE THIS SPRING
The countdown is underway to the world premiere of Scottish Ballet’s visionary new version of Swan Lake in April. Award-winning choreographer David Dawson has been working with Scottish Ballet’s dancers at the company’s rehearsal studios at Tramway in Glasgow to create this exciting new work.
Scottish Ballet’s new Swan Lake is an imaginative re-telling of the iconic story and will be performed for audiences in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Liverpool.
This innovative new version of Swan Lake focuses on the human side of the story and the universal themes of love and betrayal. David Dawson has sought to evoke a sense of timelessness through beautifully elegant and simple set and costumes, thus enabling the audience to truly connect to the characters and the emotions of this 21st Century Swan Lake.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, played lived by the Scottish Ballet orchestra, Scottish Ballet’s new Swan Lake will feature costume design by Yumiko Takeshima, set design by John Otto and lighting design by Bert Dalhuysen.
“David Dawson is renowned for his visceral and daring work and for pushing the boundaries of classical ballet. This is our first staging of Swan Lake since 1995 and David’s bold new interpretation ensures that a new generation will be engrossed by the timeless story of Swan Lake, and Scottish Ballet will have a definitive contemporary version to add to our repertoire.”
Scottish Ballet CEO / Artistic Director Christopher Hampson
“My vision is to create a Swan Lake that can be timeless.I needed to find a way to connect to the story of Swan Lake on a more personal level and try to re-tell it in a way that could resonate with people who live in today’s world. It is set in no-time and every-place, a kind of blank page for the human side of the story to take place. Scottish Ballet is a truly unique and wonderful place to work - a jewel of a company in the dance world. The dancers are extremely talented and willing to trust in my vision - we have been sharing the experience of ‘finding’ this new Swan Lake together and creating something special for Scottish Ballet’s dedicated audience.”
Choreographer David Dawson
Swan Lake will be performed at the 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.
Swan Lake credits:
Choreography: David Dawson
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set Design: John Otto
Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen
Swan Lake is generously supported by Production Sponsor Check-It Scaffold Services and Official Make-up Sponsor NARS Cosmetics.
Scottish Ballet has launched the Swan Lake Appeal, calling on members of the public to make a donation to help create a new version of this iconic ballet. Check-It Scaffold Services Ltd has teamed up with Scottish Ballet for a pioneering funding partnership, with the company generously matching each and every donation made to the Swan Lake Appeal pound for pound.
To donate to the Swan Lake Appeal, visit: www.scottishballet.co.uk/swan-lake-appeal or call 0141 331 6274
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