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SCOTTISH BALLET UNVEILS
AN INSPIRED
2015/16 PROGRAMME

 

Scottish Ballet is delighted to announce its ambitious plans for 2015/16.

Building on an incredibly prolific two years of choreographic creativity which has seen 9 new works staged by the company, and a further 12 added to the repertoire. Scottish Ballet will continue to expand its repertoire by presenting three world premieres, a European premiere and a Scottish Ballet premiere during its 2015/16 season.

“Commissioning and introducing new work to Scottish Ballet has been central to my directorship and in the last two years we've introduced 21 new ballets into the repertoire including nine world premieres. Nothing is more exciting for our dancers or the audience, and I'm pleased to say that our next season continues the pace with five new works entering the company’s repertoire, including three world premieres.” - Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director
 

 


3 World Premieres

SWAN LAKE


Choreography David Dawson
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set Design John Otto
Costume Design Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting Design Bert Dalhuysen

Touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Newcastle
 

Scottish Ballet commissions award-winning, international choreographer, David Dawson, to create a new Swan Lake.

David Dawson’s work is visceral, daring and always pushes dancers to their limits. 

Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director, Christopher Hampson comments, “David always looks to push the boundaries of classical ballet, and I know that his production of an iconic story will be a thoughtful, fresh and very bold addition to our repertoire."

David was recently appointed Associate Artist of Dutch National Ballet (effective from January 1st 2015). His work challenges and extends the realms of classical technique and his brave stagings have made him a choreographer in demand across the globe.

Scheduled to have its world premiere in April 2016, this new commission will ensure that a new generation will be engrossed by the timeless story of Swan Lake in a style and choreographic language relevant to the 21st century. 


DANCE INTERNATIONAL GLASGOW FESTIVAL

In 2015 Scottish Ballet will premiere a new work by choreographer Marc Brew. We will be partnering with Indepen-dance, a company that produces work for artists with diverse abilities and follows on from a successful choreographic development workshop in June 2014 at Scottish Ballet.

Our companies will come together, working with Marc Brew, to create a world premiere to kick off the inaugural Dance International Glasgow Festival. This will be paired with Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos, last performed by Scottish Ballet in autumn 2012.

“Scottish Ballet and Indepen-dance have found a synergy between our dancers and we look forward to producing a work to inspire and provoke thought around dance and diversity.” - Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director

 

ELSA CANASTA & ‘NEW WORK’

Choreography Javier de Frutos
Music Cole Porter
Set and Costume Design Jean-Marc Puissant

Touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness
 

Javier de Frutos
Elsa Canasta

The staging of Elsa Canasta will be a Scottish Ballet premiere from renowned choreographer Javier de Frutos.

Elsa Canasta is a dark, funny and sexy evocation of the music of Cole Porter, set to his ballet score Within the Quota and a medley of his songs.

Artistic Director, Christopher Hampson says, “After spending time observing the Company, Javier plans to re-stage his work with specific, and surprising, changes in mind to ensure that this version of Elsa Canasta is unique to Scottish Ballet.”

Bryan Arias
New Work

This world premiere with Scottish Ballet will mark the first time that Bryan Arias has presented work within the UK.

Winner of the 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in 2013, Bryan Arias will be creating a new work that showcases his unique blend of dance styles.

“Bryan is of particular interest to Scottish Ballet as he is just at the start of an exciting trajectory that springboards from some of the most innovative dance making of today.” -  Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director

 


European Premiere
Cinderella

Choreography Christopher Hampson
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Design Tracy Grant Lord

Touring to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Newcastle, Belfast

Next winter Scottish Ballet will present the European premiere of Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella, originally created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2007.

In her grief, the young Cinderella plants a rose at her mother’s graveside. When her father remarries, the future seems bleaker than ever. Her wicked stepmother is intent on pushing aside kind and beautiful Cinderella in favour of her two nasty step-sisters. The course of true love never did run smooth but just like the rose Cinderella planted at her mother’s graveside, romance blossoms when she finally does meet her prince.

Acclaimed New Zealand designer Tracy Grant Lord’s luxurious costumes and extravagant sets create a glittering fantasy world peopled with characters that are touching, funny and real. Dazzling against the light and dark of Prokofiev’s powerful score, this ravishing interpretation of the timeless rags-to-riches romance is everything you could wish for at Christmas, and more.

 

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INTERNATIONAL TOURING

Announcing extensive UK and international touring plans, Chief Executive/Executive Producer Cindy Sughrue said:

“Over the past two years, Scottish Ballet has produced an incredibly dynamic programme, including more new work than any other dance company in the UK. We have toured to the USA, to Hong Kong and to Russia including sell-out performances at the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

In the coming months, Scottish Ballet will tour extensively across the UK, and we will also travel to China and Japan, and back to the USA where we will undertake a four-week, six-city tour culminating in our debut at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC.

A key focus for Scottish Ballet is showcasing our award-winning productions across the world and allowing us to fly the flag culturally for Scotland and for the rest of the UK.”

 

ROMEO & JULIET (CHINA/JAPAN TOURS)
 

Choreography Krzysztof Pastor
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Design Tatyana van Walsum

Dramaturgy Willem Bruls
Lighting Design Bert Dalhuysen

Touring to China and Japan

Scottish Ballet takes this classic production overseas to China and Japan in winter 2015. This unique version ofRomeo & Juliet 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.

“Breathtaking – a triumph”
Sunday Herald *****

“Stunning... Genuinely beautiful and touching.”
The Telegraph****

 

 

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (UK/USA TOURS)

 

Direction Nancy Meckler
Choreography Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music Peter Salem
Design Niki Turner
Lighting Design Tim Mitchell

Touring to: UK: Inverness / Edinburgh / London – March 2014, USA: Chicago, San Antonio, Houston, Charleston, Pittsburgh, Washington DC

Three years after its premiere wowed audiences across the UK, Scottish Ballet returns with its Critics’ Circle (Best Dance Production), Olivier (nominated) and South Bank (Best Classical Choreography) award-winning production. This is one of the Company’s most popular productions.

“Heartbreakingly beautiful”
The Telegraph, *****

“An incredibly dynamic, exhilarating and edgy production.”
The List, *****

“A tour-de-force for Scottish Ballet.”
The Herald, *****

“The result is everything you could want of Tennessee Williams. – florid, poetic, poisonously beautiful.”
The Evening Standard

“It was a triumph in New Orleans, and for New Orleans, and one suspects that Tennessee Williams would have been mighty pleased, too.
NOLA.com

“In 2012 this collaborative project pushed boundaries with an alternative approach to narrative ballet. We’re thrilled to be bringing A Streetcar Named Desire back for our audiences and to give those who may have missed their chance in the past to see this evocative and powerful drama.” – Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director

 

SEASON CALENDAR

 

JANUARY 2015

ROMEO & JULIET

Grand Theatre, Jinan, China
Sat 31 Jan - Sun 1 Feb 2015

National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China
Thu 5 - Sat 7 Feb 2015

 

FEBRUARY 2015

ROMEO & JULIET

Orchard Hall, Bunkamura, Tokyo, Japan
Thu 26 - Sat 28 Feb 2015
 

 

MARCH / APRIL 2015

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (UK)

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Thu 12 – Sat 14 Mar 2015

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 
Wed 18 – Sat 21 Mar 2015

Sadler's Wells, London 
Tue 31 Mar – Thu 2 April 2015 


 

MAY 2015

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (USA)

Harris Theater, Chicago
Thu 7 – Sat 9 May 2015 

www.harristheaterchicago.org

Tobin Center, San Antonio
Tue 12 May 2015 

www.tobincenter.org

Brown Theater, Houston
Fri 15 May 2015 

www.spahouston.org

Byham Theater, Pittsburgh
Tue 19 May 2015 

www.pittsburgh-theater.com

Kennedy Center, Washington DC
Thu 28 – Sat 30 May 2015 

www.kennedy-center.org

Charleston
Further details TBC

 

DANCE INTERNATIONAL GLASGOW FESTIVAL

Tramway, Glasgow
Fri 24 – Sat 25 Apr 2015

 

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015

AUTUMN SEASON: ELSA CANASTA & BRYAN ARIAS NEW WORK

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Thu 24 – Sat 26 Sep 2015

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Tue 29 – Wed 30 Sep 2015

Eden Court, Inverness
Fri 2 – Sat 3 Oct 2015

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Fri 9 – Sat 10 Oct 2015

 

DECEMBER 2015-FEBRUARY 2016

CINDERELLA

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Sat 5 2015 – Thu 31 Dec 2015

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Jan 2016

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Wed 20 – Sat 23 Jan 2016

Eden Court, Inverness
Wed 27 – Sat 30 Jan 2016

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Wed 3 – Sat 6 Feb 2016

 

MARCH – APRIL 2016

SWAN LAKE

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Tue 19 – Sat 23 Apr 2016

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Wed 27 – Sat 30 Apr 2016

Eden Court, Inverness
Wed 4 - Sat 7 May2016

Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Wed 10 – Sat 14 May 2016

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Wed 24 – Sat 28 May 2016

ENDS

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