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Scottish Ballet plans

Posted on November 25, 2016

Scottish Ballets Barnaby Rook Bishop. Photo by Christina Riley

Scottish Ballet has announced its 2017 to 18 season, which will include a revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s Le Baiser de la Fée, the company’s first digital season and an international tour.

Digital season

The digital season, which launches in spring 2017, aims to explore new ways of presenting dance, with a month of bespoke projects. In April 2017, the company will dance a new work by Dutch and Israeli choreographic partnership Ivgi and Greben. Performed at Tramway, the world premiere will be part of Dance International Glasgow.

US tour

Also in spring 2017, the company will make an ambitious tour of the US. In Minneapolis, the company will dance Highland Fling, Matthew Bourne’s reworking of La Sylphide. For its New York debut, it will perform Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa, Bryan Arias’s Motion of Displacement and Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems. Performances of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire, in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California mark the 70th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ play.

In June, Scottish Ballet visit Sadler’s Wells, London with Crystal Pite’s Emergence and Angelin Preljocaj’s MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps).


In October, the company will tour to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness with Le Baiser de la Fée, performed as a double bill with artistic director Christopher Hampson’s production of The Rite of Spring. MacMillan’s production was created in 1960, with Lynn Seymour as the young bride who loses her fiancé, who is claimed by the fairy who kissed him in childhood. MacMillan revised the work in 1986. This production will be staged by Benesh notator Diana Curry and designer Gary Harris.

The company will dance Peter Darrell’s version of The Nutcracker for Christmas 2017.

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Picture: Scottish Ballet’s Barnaby Rook Bishop. Photograph: Christina Riley

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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