Scottish Ballet to get Under the Skin with world's first digital dance season

Scottish Ballet to get Under the Skin with world's first digital dance season

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Innovative dance company to stream classes, the creation of a new work and three film premieres, including a 360 degree video with the BBC

Scottish Ballet has announced the 'world's first digital dance season', Under the Skin, set to debut April 2017. The programme is set to feature three new dance films, live streaming events and a digital art installation.

Ahead of the season's launch in early April, The Perfect Place – a 360 degree video made in collaboration with the BBC – will premiere at VR Movie House as part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival from 16–19 Mar. Choreographed by Sophie Laplane, directed by Laura-Jane McRae and featuring Scottish Ballet Soloist Nicholas Shoesmith and First Artist Madeline Squire, the film promises to explore the storytelling potential of 360 degree technology and dance. The film will make its online premiere Wed 19 Apr.

The season officially gets underway on Wed 5 Apr with the short What Dreams We Have, written and directed by David Eustace and filmed at St Peter's Seminary, while the third short film in the programme comes from Scottish Ballet's award-winning filmmaker Eve McConnachie, whose untitled piece is set to a specifically commissioned poem by Scotland's national poet, Jackie Kay.

Anyone who has ever harboured secret, or not so secret, dreams of becoming a dancer will be glued to the live streaming of a company class on Fri 7 Apr. Perhaps the most ambitious events will be the 'work in a week', which sees choreographer James Cousins challenged to create a new work in seven days, streamed in as part of a live series.

Christopher Hampson, company CEO and Artistic Director, says, 'Scottish Ballet lies at the forefront of innovation in dance and our ground-breaking Digital Season is another step forward as we seek to advance the art form and expand our audiences around the world.'

Under the Skin, 5 Apr–5 May, various platforms.

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