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SCOTTISH BALLET AUTUMN SEASON 2012

 

From a glowing installation by Glasgow award winning artist to the erotic charged passions of a fiery tango, Scottish Ballet presents its first triple bill season under the Artistic Directorship of Christopher Hampson.

 

 

Run For It Choreography Martin Lawrance / Music John Adams

5 Tangos Choreography Hans van Manen / Music Astor Piazzolla

Workwithinwork Choreography William Forsythe / Music Luciano Berio

 

Touring Glasgow / Edinburgh / Inverness / Aberdeen October 2012

 

 

Scottish Ballet presents an extraordinary triple bill tracing a line through dance from the highly physical to the seductively graceful.

 

Scottish Ballet’s Autumn Season 2012 will tour to Theatre Royal Glasgow (4 – 6 October), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (11 – 13 October), Eden Court Inverness (16 – 17 October) and His Majesty’s Aberdeen (16 – 17 October)

 

 

Fresh from its world premiere as part of the Cultural Olympiad this summer, Martin Lawrance’s Run For It is a high energy work inspired by the power of Olympic athletes. This dynamic piece is set to the propulsive rhythms of John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony and features a striking sculptural installation created by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Boyce.

I worked with the dancers on movement-base phrases that represent the discus, the pole vault to see how we could translate this into dance terms,” comments choreographer Martin Lawrance, a former dancer and choreographer at the Richard Alston Dance Company. The piece starts and ends with a real fast tracked energy but there is also a beautiful slow movement in the middle. I wanted to show the resistance and determination; the muscularity of an athlete.”

Designer Martin Boyce first worked with Scottish Ballet in a session of choreographic workshops exploring the relationship between dance and visual art. It was at this time he began to consider the creation of his canopy of fractured light that would go on to feature in his award winning piece Beyond the Repetition of High Windows, Intersecting flight Paths and Opinions (A Silent Storm is Painted on Air). This is the first time Boyce has created work especially for a theatrical environment.

 

Classical discipline meets playfulness in William Forsythe’s Workwithinwork, a study of the possibilities of motion.

As an American working internationally for the last thirty years, William Forsythe is recognised as one of the world’s foremost choreographers. His work is celebrated for pushing the concepts of ballet into a dynamic 21st-century art form.

Forsythe’s Workwithinwork begins in the clear, textured air of an open stage, surrounded by the haunting breaths of Berio’s Duetti for two violins. Winding with a gorgeous, intricate grace through a series of jewel-like scenes, the dancers create an evolving, baroque body of time, which branches out in ever-increasing complexity as the piece moves, delicate, rolling toward its breathless end.

 

We’ve been taught that there’s never a right or wrong, but what feels best in your body,” explains Scottish Ballet Principal Dancer Claire Robertson on the Forsythe learning process. “You have to dig deep, there are little bits you can fiddle with to make feel natural to you, and that’s fantastically challenging in so many ways. You find out how the body can move differently, how to experiment with your own movements and where they initiate from.”

 

Drawing the evening to a fiery close is Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos; a sizzling work that combines classical ballet with the passion and dramatic flourishes of the tango.

 

Van Manen, veteran of Dutch National Ballet is renowned for his elegant works each laced with their own erotic charge. Created originally for Het Nationale Ballet, 5 Tangos is a new addition to Scottish Ballet’s repertoire and features music by Astor Piazzolla; and Argentine tango composer celebrated for revolutionising traditional tango by introducing the sensual sounds of jazz and classical music.

This is the first time 5 Tangos will have been performed in Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.

 

LISTINGS

AUTUMN 2012 SEASON

Please note Run For It contains some strobe lighting

Running Time: Approx 2 hrs 10 mins (including 2 intervals)

 

 

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 October 2012 at 7.30pm

Tickets £18 (£15 concessions).

£10 standby tickets for under 26/student/unwaged.

Get closer:

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm on 4 and 5 October - call box office to reserve tickets.

Insight (for ages 14+) on Saturday 6 October at 1pm - tickets £5.50/concessions £3.50.

Free post-show talk in the auditorium at 9.30pm on Friday 5 October. No booking required.

Box office 0844 871 7647

 

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 11 – Sat 13 October 2012 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £18.50 (£15.50 concessions).

£10 standby tickets for under 26/student/unwaged.

Get closer:

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm 11 and 12 October - call box office to reserve tickets.

Insight (for ages 14+) on Saturday 12 October at 1pm - tickets £5.50/concessions £3.50.

Free post-show talk in the auditorium at 9.30pm on Fri 12 October. No booking required.

Box office 0131 529 6000

 

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Tue 16 and Wed 17 October 2012 at 7.30pm

Tickets £18 (£15 concessions).

Get closer:

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm on 16 and 17 October - call box office to reserve tickets.

Box office 01463 234 234

 

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Fri 19 & Sat 20 October 2012 at 7.30pm

Tickets £18 (£15 concessions).

£10 standby tickets for under 26/student/unwaged.

Get closer:

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm on 19 and 20 October - call box office to reserve tickets.

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It's interesting that both SB and BRB are performing a Hans van Manen piece this Autumn. I'll be seeing BRB's at Sadler's Wells. I don't know anything about this choreographer and so I don't know what to expect. Run For It was part of the Dance GB programme which I saw and enjoyed when it came to Greenwich. The Martin Boyce 'canopy' of lanterns which changed colour during the performance was stunning, although my favourite piece of the three was probably the Dance Company Wales one which was so witty and inventive and clearly related to the Olympic theme.

 

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