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PRESS RELEASE                            
30 January 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  
FROM STORNOWAY TO SEOUL

SCOTTISH BALLET ANNOUNCES 2018 SEASON

 

Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet said:


‘We are thrilled to announce our exciting plans for the 2018 season, which includes taking a full scale production - Matthew Bourne’s  Highland Fling - to the Scottish Islands for the first time, and the company debuting in Macau, performing Hansel and Gretel as part of our Asian tour. In the summer we will work with YDance on a major intergenerational dance event as part of the Euro Champs festival and the Year of Young People, and in winter our classic Cinderella will return due to popular demand.’


Spring 2018


Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling Dances its way to the Scottish Islands
Scottish Ballet dancers and touring team will be taking Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling across Shetland, Orkney and Lewis throughout April and May 2018.


This is the first time Scottish Ballet has toured a full-scale production to such remote locations and ensures performances of this production can be enjoyed by local communities across Scotland.


Affectionately known as a romantic wee ballet, Highland Fling was originally produced in 1994 by Olivier Award-winner Matthew Bourne.  Presented exclusively by Scottish Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling is a wonderfully imaginative re-working of the classic romantic ballet La Sylphide with a wickedly wry Scots twist and hilarity mixed with classical ballet.  In addition, Scottish Ballet is the only company to be given the rights to recreate any of Matthew Bourne’s ground-breaking and contemporary works.
 

Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling Tour Dates:
Theatre Royal, Glasgow 4-7 April 2018
 
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 10-14 April 2018
 
Clickimin Main Hall, Lerwick 21-22 April 2018
 
Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall 25 – 26 April 2018
 
Atlantis Leisure, Oban 29-30 April 2018
 
Lewis Sports Centre, Stornoway 3-4 May 2018

 

Running time: The performance lasts approximates 1 hour 35 min, including one 20 minute interval.  Due to scenes of an adult nature, age recommendation: 14yrs+ 

 

“This is one of the funniest, funkiest, most irresistibly infectious ballets I have ever had the delight to sit through”  Daily Mail

‘If ever there was a piece of ballet which was going to get kids and novice theatre-goers hooked on dance, then Scottish Ballet’s Highland Fling is it’. Huffington Post  

                 

International Asian Tour - Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel debuts in Macao
This will be the first time Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel has been performed by Scottish Ballet outside of the UK and the company is delighted to make its debut in Macau.


Inspired by the Grimm Brother's famous fairy tale, in a small town, all the children have disappeared. Plucky Hansel and Gretel embark on an exciting adventure, traveling deep into the enchanted forest to find their friends.  A carousel of delicious treats from start to finish, Hansel & Gretel is full to the brim with magic and wit, with toys that come to life and a beautiful, bewitching ballerina who is not at all what she seems. 

 

Hansel & Gretel Tour Dates:
LG Arts Center, Seoul Performances 23 – 27 May 2018 (Weds, Thurs & Fri 8pm / Sat & Sun 2.30pm & 7pm)

 

Hong Kong Cultural Centre (Grand Theatre), as part of the International Arts Carnival 2018

Performances 6 – 8 July 2018 (Fri & Sat 7.30pm / Sun 3pm)

 

Macao Cultural Centre, with the Macao Orchestra (conductor: Richard Honner)
Performances 13 – 15 July 2018 (Fri & Sat 7.30pm / Sun 3pm)

 

‘The closing moments are not just full of joy but, like much of Hampson’s resolute story-telling, they opt for a real-life simplicity over spectacle - ensemble opulence, however, is given delicious licks in a gorgeously-staged dream sequence.’ The Herald

 

‘Crackling with colour and wit, but preying on the darkest parental fears, Scottish Ballet's revival of Christopher Hampson's Hansel and Gretel is tighter than it ever was during its first outing in 2013.’  The Stage     

                           

Scottish Ballet participates in Glasgow 2018 Euro Champs

Scottish Ballet is proud to be part of this intergenerational dance festival that will be delivered with YDance and will involve community dancers aged from 15 years and above.  Both Scottish Ballet’s Youth Exchange and Elders will be involved alongside National Youth Dance Scotland.

 

Scottish Ballet will also be working closely with community dancers drawn from partnering Local Authority areas and will showcase the best in intergenerational community dance.  It will take place in Glasgow during Championships in this time and will be funded by Glasgow 2018 European Championships Festival Fund 2018 

 

Winter Season 2018/2019
Christopher Hampson’s classic Cinderella returns by popular demand

Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella returns once more as part of our Winter Season 2018/2019.  When Cinderella’s father remarries, bringing a wicked stepmother and two nasty stepsisters, her future seems bleaker than ever. Yet, while the course of true love never did run smooth, romance blossoms when she finally meets her prince.

 

Originally created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Christopher Hampson will present this timeless, rags-to-riches romance. Luxurious costumes and extravagant sets create a glittering fantasy world in this ravishing interpretation of Cinderella.  The Scottish Ballet Orchestra accompanies live, performing the world famous Prokofiev score.

 

‘A lovely and inventive production.’ The Telegraph

 

‘Sumptuous and spellbinding.  All in all, magic.’ The Guardian
 

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PRESS RELEASE                            
Friday 9 March 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
SCOTTISH BALLET EXCLUSIVELY PRESENTS MATTHEW BOURNE’S HIGHLAND FLING
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Scottish Ballet is proud to present Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, opening at Theatre Royal, Glasgow (4-7 April).  Affectionately known as a romantic wee ballet, this is Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of La Sylphide for the Trainspotting generation - a classical ballet set in modern-day Glasgow with a humorous dark gothic twist.

 

Scottish Ballet continues the tour across Scotland visiting: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (10-14 April), Clickminim Main Hall, Lerwick (21-22 April), Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall (25-26 April), Atlantis Leisure, Oban (29-30 April) and Lewis Sports Centre, Stornoway (3-4 May) and is the first time Scotland’s national dance company has taken a full-scale production to these Highland & Island locations.  

             
Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet said:

‘We are really excited to be bringing Highland Fling to local communities across Scotland, who are often unable to experience our full-scale productions.  Logistically it is no small feat - transporting our full set, costumes, props, technical and artistry teams, and of course our dancers – however our partnership with Loganair is making this all possible. We are honoured to be the only company apart from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures who can perform Highland Fling, a production that is swiftly achieving cult ballet status, and hope audiences enjoy this fun performance as much as we do presenting it’.                 

           

Highland Fling was originally produced in 1994 by Olivier Award-winner Matthew Bourne and is a wonderfully imaginative re-working of the classic romantic ballet La Sylphide and it is the perfect combination of Scottish wit and classical ballet.  Highland Fling has many Scottish references particularly the set and costumes designed by Lez Brotherston who gives a comical nod to The Krankies and Sean Connory and sees the Scottish Ballet dancers wearing tartan kilts, leather jackets and biker boots.

 

Notes to Editors:

 

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Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling Tour Dates:


Theatre Royal, Glasgow 4-7 April 2018
 
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 10-14 April 2018
 
Clickimin Main Hall, Lerwick 21-22 April 2018
 
Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall 25 – 26 April 2018
 
Atlantis Leisure, Oban 29-30 April 2018
 
Lewis Sports Centre, Stornoway 3-4 May 2018

 

Running time: The performance lasts approximates 1 hour 35 min, including one 20 minute interval.  Due to humourous adult references the age recommendation: 14yrs+ 


Scottish Ballet Education
In addition to the full-scale production visiting Shetland, Orkney, Oban and Lewis, Scottish Ballet will also be delivering a series of complimentary talks, workshops and classes for all ages and levels of ability from pre-school to 60+ groups including those living with Parkinson’s and dementia.  For further information and how to participate, please email: education@scottishballet.co.uk


Credits
Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne
Revival Staging: Etta Murfitt
Set and Costume Design: Lez Brotherston
Lighting Design: Paule Constable
Music: La Sylphide by Herman Severin Løvenskjold
Sound Design: Paul Groothuis



About Loganair
Loganair is the only major UK airline owned and headquartered in Scotland. Part of the Airline Investments Limited (AIL) group, Loganair was founded in 1962 and employs approximately 600 staff to undertake approximately 1000 air services each week using a fleet of 30 aircraft. The company is privately owned and consistently profitable.  It carries nearly 700,000 passengers each year and connects Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles to key destinations in Scotland, as well as providing other regional air links from its operational bases at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall and Norwich. Loganair is a codeshare partner of British Airways and sister airline of bmi Regional.

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