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Dance at the Edinburgh Festival

Posted on March 14, 2012


mariinskyballet04eif2012The dance programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival will include the Maryinsky Ballet (pictured), Angelin Preljocaj’s company, Deborah Colker Dance Company, Juillard Dance and more.


The festival, which runs from Thursday, August 9 until Sunday, September 2, offers a varied programme of music, theatre, dance and opera. “Every year, since 1947, we have set out to create an event to inspire and uplift audiences,” said festival director Jonathan Mills. Almost 3,000 artists will be coming to Edinburgh to take part in the official programme.


From August 30 to September 1, the Maryinsky Ballet will dance four performances of Cinderella, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. Valery Gergiev, the festival’s recently appointed honorary president, will conduct the company’s own orchestra. Gergiev will also appear in the concert programme, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.


From August 11–14, Deborah Colker Dance Company present the European premiere of Tatyana, Colker’s reinterpretation of Eugene Onegin. Ballet Preljocaj brings two programmes. They dance And then, one thousand years of peace, originally created in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre, from August 17–19. It’s followed on August 22 by a Double Bill of Helikopter and Eldorado (Sonntags Abschied), both to music by Stockhausen.


Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company dance a Kathak Double Bill on August 18–19. Australian company Leigh Warren + Dancers present the European premiere of Breathe, with live music from digeridoo musician William Barton, and Impulse, to a score by Michael Nyman played live by the Zephyr Quartet.


Juillard Dance, with performers from Juillard School, dance The Waldstein Sonata by José Limón, Gnawa by Nacho Duato and the European premiere of Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31.


Batsheva Dance Company return to the festival with Hora, from August 30 to September 1. In Ohad Naharin’s spectacular production, contemporary dance flirts with science fiction.


Gagaku presents the world’s oldest living orchestral tradition, dating back to 5th-century Japan. The musicians are accompanied by stylised dancing. On August 22, the Musicians of the Imperial Household Agency of Tokyo will perform a gagaku concert, in costume and with dancing.


For more information, or to book tickets, see or call 0131 473 2000.


Picture: Irina Golub in the Maryinsky Ballet’s Cinderella. Photograph: Natasha Razina


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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