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Press Release: Scottish Ballet announces programme for world's first Digital Dance Season

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Scottish Ballet takes dance beyond the confines of traditional theatre, exploring the art form in a digital context during April 2017. Under the Skin features three new dance films, live streaming events and a digital art installation – giving audiences around the world access to Scotland’s National Dance Company and the opportunity to see dance differently.





What Dreams We Have - a short dance film                                    Released: Wed 5 April 2017



Written and directed by David Eustace, the film depicts a vision of beauty, youth and gracefulness within the vast, decrepit brutalist space of St Peter’s Seminary.



Company Class - a live streaming event                                         Released: Fri 7 April 2017

Witness the exertion and athleticism of Scottish Ballet’s dancers up close as they refine their technique in the rehearsal studio.



Title TBC - a short dance film                                                          Released: Wed 12 April 2017

A reflection on the connection that remains between our younger and older selves set to a specially commissioned poem by Jackie Kay.



The Perfect Place - a short dance film                                            Released: Wed 19 April 2017

A film, created in collaboration with the BBC that vividly explores the storytelling potential of 360 degree technology. The film will premiere at the Glasgow Short Film Festival in March 2017.



A work in a week - a series of live streaming events                     Released: w/c Mon 24 April 2017

Enter the exciting world of choreographer James Cousins as he is challenged to create a work in a week.



Digital installation                                                                       Presented: Tue 25 April – 5 May 2017

An art installation, created in collaboration with Glasgow School of Art, born out of a dialogue between technology and dance, which will be presented at Tramway, Glasgow.



Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet CEO / Artistic Director:

“Scottish Ballet lies at the forefront of innovation in dance and our ground-breaking Digital Season is another step forward as we seek to advance the art form and expand our audiences around the world.”


Find out more at www.scottishballet.co.uk


Scottish Ballet’s Digital Season is generously supported by the John Ellerman Foundation


Dorothée Irving, John Ellerman Foundation:

“The John Ellerman Foundation is excited to support Scottish Ballet’s Digital Season 2017, a truly innovative project from a high quality company. We were struck by the boldness of their vision to create an entire digital season, and believe the company is well placed to take its existing work in the digital sphere to the next level. We can see the potential of the approach particularly when it comes to reaching younger audiences and those who would not ordinarily engage with ballet.”


Download the Digital Season imagery here




What Dreams We Have


Released: Wednesday 5 April 2017


Award-winning Scottish director and photographer David Eustace has created a short film,What Dreams We Have, inspired by the poem Dreams by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 -1906) and set to Arvo Part’s Fur Alina. The collaboration with Scottish Ballet features Principal dancer Sophie Martin and centres on a dance performance by a mythical songbird (Martin). Filmed at the derelict St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, the film juxtaposes the beauty and grace of Martin against the brutalist architecture of the location.


Written and directed by: David Eustace

Featuring: Scottish Ballet Principal dancer Sophie Martin

Music: Arvo Part

Produced by: Fond Films


Company Class


Released: Friday 7 April 2017


Scottish Ballet takes viewers behind the scenes at the Company’s HQ at Tramway in Glasgow with a stream of Company Class. See the dancers up close as they refine their technique in Scottish Ballet’s stunning rehearsal studios. Viewers will gain unprecedented access to Scottish Ballet’s dancers and see the hard work and dedication involved in being a professional dancer.


Title TBC


Released: Wednesday 12 April 2017


A short dance film directed by Scottish Ballet’s film-maker Eve McConnachie and choreographed by CEO / Artistic Director Christopher Hampson. The film features a specially commissioned poem by Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay which explores ageing and fragility. Kay recites the poem in the film, which features a dancer from Scottish Ballet Elders’ Company, and a Scottish Ballet dancer.


Directed by: Eve McConnachie

Choreographed by: Christopher Hampson

Featuring: A Scottish Ballet Elders’ Company dancer and a Scottish Ballet dancer

Poetry: Jackie Kay


The Perfect Place


Presented: at Glasgow Short Film Festival in March and then released on Wednesday 19 April 2017


Scottish Ballet partners with the BBC to create The Perfect Place, using 360 degree technology as a new way to experience narrative dance online. The Perfect Place is a collaboration between Scottish Ballet’s choreographer Sophie Laplane and BBC director Laura-Jane McRae, delving into the life of a seemingly perfect couple living in luxury and explores the emptiness and regret behind the perfect façade. The film is set to music by Erik Satie.


The Perfect Place will be premiered at VR Movie House as part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival from 16 – 19 March 2017.


In collaboration with: BBC

Directed by: Laura-Jane McRae

Creative Director: Christopher Hampson

Choreographed by: Sophie Laplane

Featuring: Scottish Ballet Soloist Nicholas Shoesmith and First Artist Madeline Squire

Music: Erik Satie


A work in a week


Broadcast: Week commencing Monday 24 April 2017


James Cousins (winner of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer award) will create an exclusive new dance work in a week and Scottish Ballet will give a unique behind-the-scenes insight into the creative process from start to finish. Viewers will have unprecedented access to the creation of this new work throughout the week. The rehearsals will be streamed live each day of the week, and the final creation will be streamed live on Saturday 29 April.


Choreographed by: James Cousins

Featuring: Scottish Ballet dancers



Digital installation


Presented: Tuesday 25 April until Friday 5 May 2017 at Tramway, Glasgow


Pawel Kudel, a final year student on the Interaction Design degree course at Glasgow School of Art, has worked closely with Scottish Ballet dancer and choreographer Sophie Laplane to create an experimental art installation born out of a dialogue between technology and dance. The installation will be presented at Tramway in Glasgow during Dance International Glasgow in April and May.


Inga Paterson, Programme Leader, Digital Culture, Glasgow School of Art:

“We are thrilled that Pawel is working with Sophie and Scottish Ballet. This provides him with a great opportunity to explore the fascinating relationships between interactive media and dance. We look forward to seeing the results of the collaboration in Tramway in April and at the Interaction Design Degree show at The Glasgow School of Art in June."


Created by: Pawel Kudel, Interaction Design student at Glasgow School of Art

Featuring: Scottish Ballet First Artist and choreographer Sophie Laplane





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