The best upcoming dance events in Scotland for autumn 2013

The best upcoming dance events in Scotland for autumn 2013

Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring

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 Scotland this autumn, each of them giving their work a contemporary edge. First up is Scottish Ballet’s diverse double-bill at Glasgow Theatre Royal (Thu 26-Sat 28 Sep). Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring will get you thinking, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations will leave you smiling.

Making its Scottish debut, Ballet Black works to provide professional opportunities for black and Asian dancers. Their quadruple bill at Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (Thu 10 Oct) also mixes up the classical and contemporary worlds.

Perhaps the most exciting visitation this autumn, is New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, playing Edinburgh Festival Theatre (Fri 11 & Sat 12 Oct). Works by Jiří Kylián, Jo Strømgren and Crystal Pite will prove what a European influence this US company has.

Making a welcome return, the BalletBoyz are at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow (Thu 7 Nov), with works by Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett. Over in the contemporary camp, Traverse Dance Festival (Tue 5-Sat 9 Nov) features Joss Arnott Dance and David Hughes Dance among others. And the wonderful National Dance Company of Wales brings a top class triple-bill to Glasgow’s Theatre Royal (Tue 12 Nov).’


  • Written by: Alexander Whitley

The boyband of ballet embark on stunning displays of physical dexterity, mixed with film and behind-the-scenes footage.

Scottish Ballet: The Rite of Spring and Elite Syncopations

Three dancers play out Christopher Hampson's intense The Rite of Spring, while Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations is 1920s inspired and colourful.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet: Indigo Rose/Ten Duets On A Theme Of Rescue/Necessity, Again

  • Written by: Crystal Pite

The New York company with a European style visit Scotland for the first time, to perform works by Jiři Kylián, Crystal Pite and Jo Strømgren

National Dance Company Wales

A trio of pieces to celebrate National Dance Company Wales' 30th anniversary: Angelin Preljocaj’s Noces, Stephen Petronio’s Water Stories and Christopher Bruce's Dream.

Ballet Black: War Letters

  • Written by: Javier de Frutos

A mixed programme of short ballets from choreographers Javier de Frutos, Robert Binet and Ludovic Ondiviela, as well as a ballet-narrative by Christopher Marney, which features narration from Thandie Newton and Kwame Kwei Armah. Set to music by Shostakovich and Glenn Miller.