Scottish Ballet Up Close Tour 2010

Scottish Ballet

Claire Robertson and Adam Blyde in Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet. Photograph : Andrew Ross



From Scottish Ballet 

Released 19 August 2010 



dance AT your doorstep 

st andrews – byre theatre – 20 october 

stornoway – an lanntair – 20 & 21 october 

dumfries – dg one leisure complex – 22 october 

ullapool – the macphail centre – 26 october 

stranraer – the ryan centre – 26 october 

kirkwall – pickaquoy centre – 29 october 

berwick upon tweed – the maltings – 29 & 30 october 

Chasing Ghosts Choreography: Diana Loosmore / Music: Ian Simmonds 

Room of Cooks Choreography: Ashley Page / Music: Orlando Gough 

From Where Choreography: Paul Liburd / Music: Another Electronic Musician 

Romeo and Juliet (balcony pas de deux) Choreography: Krzysztof Pastor/ Music: Sergei Prokofiev 

Pennies from Heaven (excerpts) Choreography: Ashley Page/ Music: Songs from the 1930s 

Scottish Ballet

Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Luke Ahmet in Ashley Page’s Pennies from Heaven. Photograph : Andrew Ross


This October Scottish Ballet’s Up Close tour will give audiences from Dumfries to Ullapool to the Orkney Islands a chance to see Scotland’s national dance company up close as the dancers perform in intimate venues across the country. 

The Up Close tour offers audiences a taste of Scottish Ballet’s amazing versatility: that of both the dancers and the Company’s award-winning repertoire. The dancers show off their range in five short pieces which span the spectrum from classical pointe work to contemporary ballet. The programme also showcases the distinct styles of four exciting choreographers, with everything from an emotionally charged piece from Krzysztof Pastor’s dramatic reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet, to an energetic contemporary piece that celebrates pure movement from critically acclaimed dancer/choreographer Paul Liburd

Scottish Ballet

Erik Cavallari, Vassilissa Levtonova and Eve Mutso in Diana Loosmore’s Chasing Ghosts. Photograph : Andrew Ross

The programme consists of the following pieces: 

Romeo and Juliet (balcony pas de deux)—Krzysztof Pastor 

Fans of classical ballet will enjoy the beautiful, passionate balcony pas de deux from Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet, set to Prokofiev’s grand, sweeping score. 

Pastor’s updated version of the timeless Shakespearean tragedy is a comment on the ongoing nature of conflict around the world and throughout the decades, however, the balcony scene offers the characters, and the audience, a respite from the violence, a chance to enjoy a moment of peace, and of love. 

Principal Dancer Erik Cavallari relates how he tries to engage the audience in the story through his movement and dramatic expression: “It is almost as if you [the audience] become Romeo…it is nice if I can actually get the audience to feel that pain or fall in love”. 

Chasing Ghosts—Diana Loosmore 

Created under the esteemed auspice of the Peter Darrell Choreographic Award, Chasing Ghosts was Scottish Ballet soloist Diana Loosmore’s second work made exclusively on the Company. 

This energetic contemporary piece, set to Ian Simmonds’ pulsating score of electronic music with hints of jazz, looks, sounds and feels completely different to Pastor’s balcony scene, though it too is a fascinating study of human relationships. 

From Where—Paul Liburd 

Paul Liburd, a former soloist with Scottish Ballet, was one of the company’s most admired and critically acclaimed dancers. Scottish Ballet is delighted to continue its relationship with this extremely talented individual by providing a platform for his professional choreographic debut. Liburd’s From Where is intensely physical, with the dancers moving in direct response to the upbeat, precise music of Another Electronic Musician.  

 Room of Cooks—Ashley Page† 

Room of Cooks, choreographed by Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Page, is a deliciously dark, atmospheric piece, which draws inspiration from and evokes the work of many different brilliant artists. “Based on a painting by my great friend Stephen Chambers”, says Page, “with concise designs by Jon Morrell echoing the subject of the painting…this tightly wrought miniature resonates with echoes of the work of film-maker David Lynch and writer Hanif Kureishi.” This eerily thrilling piece is completed with the commissioned score by contemporary composer Orlando Gough. 

Pennies from Heaven (excerpts)—Ashley Page 

When Ashley Page choreographed Pennies from Heaven, his aim was to create “something that would send everybody out happy, and tapping their toes”, but at the same time would give the dancers “something to get their teeth into physically,” (Page). He has certainly achieved that with this playful, uplifting piece set to popular songs from the 1930s such as March Winds and April Showers and the eponymous Pennies from Heaven. With the help of Antony McDonald’s glamorous costumes, the dancers are transformed into various characters, including a cinema usherette and her admiring bell boy beau, toffs in full evening dress and a sailor on the town, and they draw the audience into their world.  

Details of how to book : 

Byre Theatre, St. Andrews 

Wednesday 20th October 2010, 7:30pm 

Tickets from £10-£15*, Box office: 01334 475000 

An Lanntair, Stornoway  

In partnership with West Highland Free Press and Two Lochs Radio 

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st October 2010, 7:30pm 

Tickets from £10-£12*, Box office: 01851 708480 

DG One Leisure Complex, Dumfries 

In partnership with West Sound FM 

22nd October 2010, 7:30pm 

Tickets from £10-£12*, Box office: 01387 243550 

The Mac Phail Centre, Ullapool 

In partnership with West Highland Free Press and Two Lochs Radio 

Tuesday, 26th October, 2010, 1:30pm and 7:30pm 

Room of Cooks will not be performed at the matinee performance 

Tickets from £8-£10*, Box office: 01854 613336 

The Ryan Centre, Stranraer 

In partnership with West Sound FM 

Tuesday 26th October 2010, 7:30 

Tickets from £9-£13.50*, Box office: 01776 703535, in person: The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer 

Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall 

In partnership with Orkney Today 

Friday 29th October 2010, 7:30 

Tickets from £10-£12*, Box office: 01856 879900, in person: Pickaquoy Centre, Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall 

The Maltings, Berwick-Upon-Tweed 

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October, 7:30 

Tickets from £10-£15*Box office: 01289 330999 

*for further discounts please contact the box office directly 

Free pre-show talks will take place at 6:30 on every performance day, offering the public a chance to learn about the choreography, design and music of each piece from members of Scottish Ballet. Tickets for these are free, but must be reserved, and can be done so at the same time as booking tickets for the performance.

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