Posted on March 20, 2015
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced its 2015 programme. Dance highlights include flamenco star Israel Galván (pictured), Sylvie Guillem, Zürich Ballet and Les Ballets C de la B. This year’s festival runs from August 7 to 31.
Les Ballet C de la B dance Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke’s En Avant, Marche!, a work which starts in the rehearsal room of an amateur brass band in Flanders. Ballet Am Rhein dance Martin Schläpfer’s Seven, set to Mahler’s Seventh Symphony. Guillem performs her farewell show, Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress, while Galván dances Lo Real, which explores the plight of the Roma and Sinti peoples in fascist Spain in the 1930s and 1940s.
Zürich Ballet perform a double bill of company director Christian Spuck’s Sonett which uses speech and music by Mozart and Philip Glass to explore Shakespeare’s sonnets, and Wayne McGregor’s Kairos, set to Max Richter’s reimagining of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with designs by Idris Khan. TAO Dance Theatre perform Weight x 3, created by its founder Tao Ye to music by Steve Reich.
Richter will also perform his Vivaldi work in concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, while Sufjan Stevens, another composer whose music has been used for dance, will also appear at the Festival. There’s also a dance element in a new production of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Iván Fischer with choreography by Veronika Vámos. Visit www.eif.co.uk for more information.
Picture: Israel Galván in Lo Real. Photograph: Jean-Louis Duzert