WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Scottish Ballet will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Scottish born choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan with a recreation of his early narrative work Le Baiser de la F?e. Using Stravinsky's score (itself a homage to Tchaikovsky) MacMillan reveals the darker depths of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale The Ice Maiden. Le Baiser de la F?e was originally created in 1960 and has had only one revival since. Scottish Ballet will be working with the Benesh Notator, Diana Curry and designer Gary Harris to recreate the original production. In complete musical contrast is Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Scottish Ballet's own production by Artistic Director, Christopher Hampson, uses only three dancers to convey a present day story of two brothers destined for different paths to enlightenment. Hampson has created a version that is relevant to our time; his The Rite of Spring is a brutal and physical response to the Stravinsky score. An exploration of rivalry, betrayal and sacrifice, Scottish Ballet's The Rite of Spring is at times violent, intense and thought-provoking.