Scottish Ballet: Kings 2 Ends and Pennies From Heaven

Artistic director Ashley Page discusses the upcoming ballet double-bill

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Scottish Ballet: Kings 2 Ends and Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven, Photography | Graham Wylie

With Scottish Ballet about to deliver a superb and diverse double-bill in Glasgow, artistic director Ashley Page talks to us about his passion for choreography.

What made you want to be a choreographer?
I’ve always been interested in the creative process across all the arts, and as a dancer at the Royal Ballet I had the good fortune to be involved in the creation of new work with some of the finest choreographers in the world. It’s also to do with having something to say about the art form; wanting to suggest a certain way of looking at things, plus a curiosity about how things are made.

What was the inspiration behind your work Pennies from Heaven?
The music. Those songs have been with me since I bought the soundtrack of the Dennis Potter TV series [of the same name] just after it was first shown in the late 1970s, and I’d been waiting for the right moment and situation to make a dance piece to them.

What are you looking for in a dancer – and also in the choreographers you commission?
Intelligence, musicality, commitment, courage and a hunger to investigate. It’s the same with choreographers, as well as a temperament which allows for a positive and inspirational working relationship with the dancers – and therefore a good experience in the creative process.

What do you hope audiences will take away from Scottish Ballet’s autumn double-bill, featuring your Pennies From Heaven and Jorma Elo’s Kings 2 Ends?
Joy, fascination and a sense that they’ve been thoroughly entertained.

Scottish Ballet, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Thu 29 Sep–Sat 1 Oct.

Scottish Ballet: Kings 2 Ends and Pennies from Heaven

A superb double-bill from our national ballet company, featuring Jorma Elo’s quirky, modern yet entirely accessible Kings 2 Ends and Ashley Page’s gorgeous 1930s inspired Pennies from Heaven.

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