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Scottish Ballet's Fairy's Kiss available on iPlayer

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19 hours ago, alison said:

I find it odd that the BBC should be putting things on iPlayer that it's not showing on TV, but hey, next time my bandwidth and plan permits, I know where I'll be!


They did the same with the Opera North Ring cycle.

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The official press release:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            13 December 2017


Scotland’s leading dance company has unveiled its Stravinsky season which will be available to play on BBC iPlayer for the first time as part of BBC Arts’ commitment to bring performance to the widest possible audience.  The Rite of Spring and The Fairy’s Kiss are now both available from tomorrow (Thursday 14 December) and will be available for 60 days only.

This marks the first time the company has captured a live performance which was made possible by the support of digital commissioning agency The Space, an organisation funded by BBC, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council Wales to deliver greater access to the arts using digital media and platforms.

Both performances were filmed by award-winning TV director Ross McGibbon at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh as part of the Scottish Ballet Autumn Season 2017.  The dramatic double bill of works by Stravinsky features a rarely staged early work by Kenneth Macmillan - the Fairy’s Kiss, which was also performed by Scottish Ballet in their Royal Opera House premiere performance as part of the national dance companies tribute to Sir Kenneth in October 2017.  Alongside it, The Rite of Spring is choreographed by Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director and CEO, Christopher Hampson and is widely acclaimed following its premiere in 2013.

Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director / CEO commented:
‘It is exciting to know that audiences across the UK will have on-line access to two full works by Scottish Ballet.  This is part of the company’s continued development and commitment to our digital audience and follows on from our award-winning Digital Season in Spring 2017.’

Fiona Morris, CEO and Creative Director of The Space said:
“We’re delighted to be supporting Scottish Ballet in its mission to extend its reach and broaden its audience online. This is a great performance from one of our most impressive national performance companies and we are delighted to see it presented on the BBC iPlayer so more people can experience the work and the company.’

Peter Maniura, Head of Digital Development, BBC Arts added:
‘BBC Arts Digital is very pleased to make both of these wonderful productions available and to continue our partnership with Christopher and his innovative company in order to showcase Scottish Ballet’s excellent work and help it to reach the widest possible audience.’

Both performances can be found here:
The Rite of Spring -  Thursday 7 December from 9am
Direct link to iPlayer will be: http://bbc.in/2BFGC3o
The Fairy’s Kiss -  Thursday 14 December from 9am
Direct link to iPlayer will be: http://bbc.in/2By8iGF


Notes to Editors:
Scottish Ballet opens its Winter Season 2017 / 18 with Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker on Saturday 9 December at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.
The Nutcracker UK Tour Dates:

  *   9-30 December 2017 - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
  *   4-13 January 2018 - Theatre Royal, Glasgow
  *   17-20 January 2018 - His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
  *   24-27 January 2018 - Eden Court, Inverness
  *   31 January - 3 February 2018 - Theatre Royal, Newcastle

★★★★★ 'Joyous and magical   '★★★★ ‘Raised the roof’        ★★★★ ‘Darrell would be proud
The Herald                                          The Telegraph                             The Scotsman

Ross MacGibbon
Ross MacGibbon makes award-winning films about dance. He is also a photographer. Ross danced with the Royal Ballet from 1973 to 1986, since then he has reinvented himself as one of the world’s leading dance film-makers, whose work is regularly seen on British television. His film of MacMillan’s last ballet, The Judas Tree, won the 1998 International Emmy Award for Performing Arts and he has just won the prestigious 2013 Prix Italia for his Channel Four film, 'Matthew Bourne's Christmas'. He has directed and produced over 75 performance films for, among others, the BBC, Channel Four TV, The Royal Opera House, The Royal National Theatre and The Mariisnky.

The Space
The Space is a commissioning and development organisation, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. The Space is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions. The organisation commissions arts projects, offers online audience and digital skills development, and provides a production and distribution pipeline to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences.

BBC Arts

The BBC has an ongoing commitment to arts programming - “the greatest commitment to arts for a generation” as announced by the Director General in 2014. The BBC aims to provide the broadest range and depth of music and arts programmes across television, radio and online. It creates non-commercial partnerships with the arts sector that go beyond broadcast, from sharing expertise to encouraging cross collaboration and creation in order to widen public engagement in UK arts. It aims to provide context through original, fresh discussion and perspectives and is the biggest investor and creator of original arts and music programming. In 2017 Tony Hall BBC Director General, announced Culture UK, a new approach to collaboration, commissioning and creativity in partnership with Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of Wales, the British Council and Creative Scotland. The initiative will develop UK-wide cultural festivals that can reach new audiences, support artist-led commissioning in broadcast and digital media.

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