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Press Release: Scottish Ballet 2014/15 listings

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WINTER 2014/15

Hansel & Gretel

Sees the continuing tour of Artistic Director Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel – his first choreography for the company, created with the input of the people of Scotland following a year long research and outreach programme called Hansel & Gretel, and Me.  Hansel & Gretel will tour Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 8-11 January, His Majestys, Aberdeen 15-18 January, Eden Court, Inverness 22 – 25 January, Theatre Royal, Newcastle 29 January-1 February and Grand Opera House, Belfast 5-8 February.




Scottish Ballet presents Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling

Hong Kong Arts Festival, Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium 21-23 February

Under exclusive license to Scottish Ballet, an unprecedented move by choreographer Matthew Bourne, Highland Fling will tour to the prestigious Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Inspired by the classic romantic ballet La Sylphide, Bourne’s Highland Fling is a wonderfully imaginative reworking with a wickedly wry contemporary Scotch twist.




Romeo & Juliet

Choreography Krzysztof Pastor / Music Sergei Prokofiev

Incredibly moving and enduringly relevant, the production was created for Scottish Ballet by Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor in 2008, and has since gained status as one of the company’s most iconic works.


Set in the 20th century, this passionate story of forbidden love unfolds in three dramatic acts. Beginning in a 1930s monochrome Italian metropolis, Pastor shows a world torn apart by conflict  in which Romeo, a Montague and Juliet, a Capulet, meet, seek each other out and fall deeply in love. The second act moves to the sepia-toned 1950s in the wake of Mussolini’s Fascist dictatorship, Romeo and Juliet have to hide their forbidden love. Finally, the third act is dominated by the eerie blue light of television cameras that report 24/7 from the frontline of global wars and the secret couple go to dramatic lengths to keep their love eternal.



King’s Theatre GLASGOW
19-26 April

His Majesty’s Theatre  ABERDEEN
30 April-3 May

7-10 May

Sadler's Wells LONDON
14- 17 May

Festival Theatre EDINBURGH
21-24 May



THE BIG DANCE PLEDGE, created by Scottish Ballet – in association with Get Scotland Dancing, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme of the XX Commonwealth Games.

A chance to learn, make and perform dance with the rest of the world.


Created for people of all ages and abilities and with a variety of dance styles included – from ballet to bhangra, this original choreography was created by Scottish Ballet, and takes some inspiration from the Highland Games.  Participants are encourage to perform their own interpretation – whether that be hip-hop or folk, or inspired by their own community or country national dance styles.


The Big Dance pledge will be performed by thousands of people in a unique wave of dance across the globe as part of two simultaneous performances on 16 May 2014.  The dance will be revealed on 14 January 2014.




The Crucible with Ten Poems

The Crucible (World Premiere): Choreography Helen Pickett

Ten Poems: Choreography Christopher Bruce
An  evening of great text as the stylistic language of American Playwright Arthur Miller and Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas come together in a powerful study of words in motion.


From Canadian choreographer Helen Pickett comes the world premiere of The Crucible.  Based on American playwright Arthur Miller's 1953 Tony award-winning play, Pickett translates this incredible dramatisation of the Salem witch trials with her imitable style of dance language.  A dancer and choreographer under William Forsyth, and currently Resident Choreographer at Atlanta Ballet, Pickett layers rich, evocative characterisations and lyrical story telling in this first-ever ballet version of Miller's chilling tale of innocent men and women destroyed by malicious rumour.


A UK premiere, Christopher Bruce's Ten Poems was created for Ballet Keil (Germany) in 2009.  Set to a recording of ten Dylan Thomas poems, emotively read by Welsh actor Richard Burton, Ten Poems builds on the melodic rhythm of the famous prose as Bruce, one of Britain's most prolific and important choreographers, brings each one to life with exquisite little vignettes of story and character.


Theatre Royal, GLASGOW

25-27 September

30 September-1 October

Festival Theatre, EDINBURGH

2-3 October

His Majesty’s Theatre, ABERDEEN
7-8 October



Dates/Venues to be announced, October 2014

Scottish Ballet’s Up Close tour 2014 will give audiences from the Highlands, Islands and Borders of Scotland a chance to see their national dance company up close as the dancers perform in intimate venues across the country.  Featuring excerpts of Kenneth MacMillan’s witty and colourful Elite Syncopations and highlights from the company’s unique and award-winning Dance Odysseys programme as seen at the Edinburgh International Festival 2013.



WINTER 2014/15

Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker

Choreography Peter Darrell / Music Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Lovingly recreated for audiences, Scottish Ballet proudly presents Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker, touring winter 2014/15.


Crafted for Scotland by the company’s founding Artistic Director, a famous story-teller and an incredible dance-maker, this Nutcracker is full of magical memories. And now audiences can share this dream-making production with families and friends once more, over 40 years since it first premiered.


Peter Darrell’s magical world of The Nutcracker has been reimagined by Olivier Award winning designer Lez Brotherston, adding sumptuous layers of plush Victoriana and traditional festive fare to the original 1973 production.


Festival Theatre , EDINBURGH
13 December 2014-3 January 2015


Theatre Royal, GLASGOW
7-10 January 2015


His Majesty's Theatre, ABERDEEN
14-17 January 2015


21-24 January 2015

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