Scottish Ballet

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Programme for the Edinburgh International Festival 2013 puts artists and technology centre-stage

12 Mar 2013

Tod Machover, the Wooster Group and Oper Frankfurt among the EIF programme highlights

A crowd sourced orchestral work by boundary breaker Tod Machover is just one of the many highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival programme. Set over three weeks this August, the EIF’s line-up includes an homage to Allen Ginsberg with…

Preview: Scottish Ballet – Up Close

21 Oct 2014

Company to tour Scotland with line-up including Elite Syncopations and choreographer James Cousins

We’re used to big productions on big stages from our national ballet company, but the Up Close tour is a chance for audiences across the country to see what Scottish ballet is really made of. Performed at close quarters, the lineup includes works by…

Interview: choreographer Helen Pickett and dancer Nicholas Shoesmith on Scottish Ballet's The Crucible

16 Sep 2014

The company is pairing Arthur Miller's classic with Christopher Bruce's Ten Poems

In 2012, Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire came sweltering onto our stages, wowing critics and proving that dance can bring just as much to complex plays as it always has to fairytales. Now, the company’s autumn season has them turning once…

iWitness and Special Edition

4 Aug 20143 stars

Triple bill from VTDance and Scottish Ballet Dance Artists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Notions of human behaviour ebb and flow through this triple-bill from VTDance and Scottish Ballet Dance Artists, with the latter’s Special Edition split into two parts.

Interview: Scottish Ballet artistic director Christopher Hampson on Romeo & Juliet

22 Apr 2014

Krzysztof Pastor’s version of Shakespearean love story is dramatic, stylish and innovative

Striking a balance between staging new work and bringing back well-loved classics is a challenge for any artistic director. Since Christopher Hampson arrived at Scottish Ballet in 2012, he’s overseen a glut of new creations, including the epic Dance…

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Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 49-40

11 Dec 2013

Braw Gigs, Paul Wright and Neil Landstrumm among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Scottish Ballet stage shortened Wee Hansel & Gretel for younger audiences

5 Dec 2013

60-minute version of 2013 winter show is aimed at children

As full of wonder, magic and charm as Scottish Ballet’s new Christmas show is, when you’re still growing your attention span, two hours can feel like an awfully long time. Which is why, for the second year running, Scottish Ballet is staging a condensed…

Interview: ballet dancer Daniel Davidson, star of Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel

18 Nov 2013

Davidson will star in the new Scottish Ballet production as the villainous Sandman

As the lines between ballet and contemporary dance start to blur, opportunities for dancers to get their teeth into a character become increasingly scarce. But if there’s one place guaranteed to provide the full dress-up and pretend experience, it’s the…

The best upcoming dance events in Scotland for autumn 2013

20 Sep 2013

Scottish Ballet, BalletBoyz, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and National Dance Company of Wales

Once upon a time, ballet used to equal starched tutus, tight buns (on the women’s heads) and incomprehensible narrative miming. These days, as Robin Thicke would say, there are a lot of blurred lines. Four companies with ‘ballet’ in their title play…

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Interview: choreographer Christopher Hampson on his 'brutal' Rites of Spring

18 Sep 2013

The Stravinsky-inspired piece is part of Scottish Ballet's autumn double-bill

A bare white stage, minimal costume and just three dancers. On paper, Christopher Hampson’s The Rite of Spring looks a little underwhelming. In reality, it’s one of the most powerful pieces of dance you’ll see on a Scottish stage this year. A…

Dance Odysseys at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

30 Aug 20134 stars

An immersing four-day journey through dance

Sometimes it's nice to just dip your toe into the Edinburgh International Festival, other times it's fun to dive right in for full immersion. Happily last weekend's Scottish Ballet-led Dance Odysseys allowed audiences to do either, or indeed something…

Five choreographers discuss their contribution to Scottish Ballet's Dance Odysseys

16 Aug 2013

The EIF performance features new works from James Cousins, Martin Lawrance and Kristen McNally

James Cousins Which companies did you dance with before moving into choreography? Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, then as a freelance performer with choreographers such as Marc Brew and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. When did you know that you wanted to…

The best shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

16 Jul 2013

20 highlights from the 2013 festival programmes, covering Fringe, Books, International, Art and Jazz

We’ve scanned the thousands of shows, exhibitions and events across the festival in late July, August and early September, and highlight the ones that simply cannot be missed

Interview: Édouard Lock world premiere set for 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2013

The influential choreographer who is aiming to build some bridges

There’s nothing like having the words ‘David Bowie’ and ‘Frank Zappa’ on your CV to add kudos to your career. Not that Édouard Lock needs it. His credentials as a choreographer and artistic director are pretty cast iron as it is. Since he founded La La…

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Interview: James Cousins at 2013 Edinburgh Festival with his own company and Scottish Ballet

15 Jul 2013

New work from upcoming dancer and choreographer at International Festival and Fringe

When the most successful British dance maker in history gives you the nod of approval, you must be doing something right. Launched by Matthew Bourne and his company in 2011, the New Adventures Choreographer Award was set up to support emerging talent in…

Dance highlights from Scottish Ballet at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2013

Five highlights from Scottish Ballet’s curated programme Dance Odysseys

Kelly Apter picks five other highlights of Scottish Ballet’s curated programme. The Rite of Spring. Scottish Ballet’s artistic director Christopher Hampson curated the Dance Odysseys programme, so it’s only right that his own work should get a moment in…

Highland Fling

15 May 20134 stars

One the oldest romatic ballets given modern tartan twist by Matthew Bourne and the Scottish National

It's a coup for Scottish Ballet to be the first company to perform a full-length Matthew Bourne piece outside his New Adventures troupe. But no doubt there's pride for the choreographer too, in having his urban-fantasy Glasgow vision embraced by…

Scottish Ballet's Christopher Hampson on Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling

17 Apr 2013

The production is Bourne's adaptation of La Sylphide

It’s always a good idea to turn up at a job interview well prepared. But when Christopher Hampson arrived at Scottish Ballet, to convince the company he should be its new artistic director, he took preparation to a whole new level. ‘I looked at Scottish…

Spring culture preview 2013

25 Jan 2013

Nick Evans: Solar Eyes Evans' forthcoming solo show features a new set of his striking amorphic white plaster sculptures. The most ambitious is a large architectural complex which mimics the geometry of an Aztec temple. Evans' fascination with motifs…

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Hot 100 2012: 79-70

11 Dec 2012

Dominic Hill, Ewan Morrison and LuckyMe among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Interview: Christopher Hampson - artistic director of Scottish Ballet

7 Nov 2012

New artistic director ushers in a new era for the award-winning company

A stunning home in Glasgow’s Tramway, a new set of international dancers and a re-vitalised company – that’s what Ashley Page left behind when he bid farewell to Scottish Ballet after ten years as artistic director. His time at the company brought about…

Profile: Christopher Hampson, incoming artistic director of Scottish Ballet

18 Sep 2012

• Manchester-born Hampson graduated from the Royal Ballet School in 1992 and joined English National Ballet, where he danced as a soloist until 1999 before leaving to concentrate full-time on choreography. • He premiered his first full-length work…

Claire Robertson, principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, discusses the company's autumn season

13 Sep 2012

Principal dancer Claire Robertson has seen some been changes since she joined Scottish Ballet in 1994. The latest of which is the arrival of new artistic director, Christopher Hampson. But while all eyes are on what the company does next, the legacy…

Theatre, dance and opera highlights in Scotland for autumn & winter 2012

31 Aug 2012

2012 and 2013 programmes from Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and National Theatre of Scotland

The National Theatre of Scotland is nowhere and everywhere. Envisioned as an institution with no bricks and mortar headquarters, the NTS has used its resources to support playwrights and performers and to work with a wide range of collaborators to bring…