Scottish Ballet is one of the foremost artistic institutions in the UK with a growing international reputation founded on inclusion, talent, innovation and creativity.

Our partnership aims to support Scottish Ballet in continuing to build that reputation and in so doing, contribute to the artistic fabric of the communities in which we live and work. What makes this partnership great is that whilst we place a huge emphasis on the qualities highlighted above to build a performance elite, we have a shared recognition that there is a need and a duty to provide access and opportunity across our communities.

To that spirit of innovation, you have to be prepared to try something new and different and back the talent of your people to deliver. Moving the traditional performance calendar into a virtual/digital season that is accessible by anyone at any time is entirely consistent with the sentiment and motives of our partnership – in that context we were happy to support Scottish Ballet’s new short dance film.

We have to trust to the judgement and artistic vision of Scottish Ballet here but our hopes are that the final film is thought provoking through the words of Jackie Kay and visually compelling through the creativity of Eve and Chris.

The new short film is a reflection on the connection that remains between our younger and older selves, set to a specially commissioned poem by Scots Makar, Jackie Kay. It is Directed by emerging filmmaker Eve McConnachie, choreographed by Scottish Ballet’s CEO/Artistic Director, and danced by Artist Mia Thompson and Regenerate/SB Elder dancer Jill Blair.

KPMG’s sponsorship has been match funded by Arts & Business Scotland.