SCOTTISH BALLET PRESS INFORMATION
From Scottish Ballet: 6 September 2011
SCOTTISH BALLET AUTUMN SEASON 2011
29 September – 1 October Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Kings 2 Ends (2011) Choreography Jorma Elo / Music Steve Reich and Mozart
Pennies from Heaven (2008) Choreography Ashley Page / Music Songs of the 1930s
This autumn, Scotland’s national dance company will present a double bill featuring a brand new commission direct from the Edinburgh International Festival of Boston Ballet choreographer Jorma Elo’s quirky Kings 2 Ends and Artistic Director Ashley Page’s delightful Pennies from Heaven in an evening of sensual movement with flashes of wit, sparkle and vintage glamour.
As Resident Choreographer at Boston Ballet, Finnish-born Jorma Elo has become an increasingly sought-after talent across the US and Europe, and has created works on many companies including San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and Finnish National Ballet.
Kings 2 Ends, created for Scottish Ballet, is a collision of the two very different energies found in the juxtaposed soundtrack of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 1 and Steve Reich’s Double Sextet.
Double Sextet is urgent, demanding and stripped back – it makes the pulse quicken as the dancers demonstrate their sheer physicality and athleticism, their movements powerful and precise, while the Mozart piece is drawn in beautiful lines with a strong sense of romance and playfulness.
“I’ve chosen two pieces of music that are very different in the time period and approach of their moods,” says Jorma. “Reich is very mathematical. It’s almost cold: it’s like a big city, a pulse that keeps on driving on. And the Mozart is much more colourful and humorous and full of human richness: in a way, it’s the opposite to Steve Reich.”
Both lyrical and playful, Elo’s vibrant choreography, full of unexpected angles and sassy subversions, invites the audience to simply immerse themselves in the piece and to discover their own personal meaning.
A series of vintage-styled vignettes, Pennies from Heaven takes its cue from the music and cinema of the 1930s and borrows its title from Dennis Potter’s acclaimed television drama Pennies from Heaven. The work is a charming interpretation of a range of popular songs from the period including March Winds and April Showers as well as, of course, Pennies from Heaven, and the dancers, cast as a cross-section of 30s society including a hotel bell-hop and a cinema cigarette girl, tell a variety of love stories set to the songs’ bittersweet lyrics in a piece that Artistic Director Ashley Page created as “an end of evening piece… something that would send everybody out happy, and tapping their toes.”
And the piece brings a particular vintage glamour to the evening, with each of the costumes in Pennies from Heaven designed by Antony McDonald constructed to recreate that classic 1930s look using materials specially chosen to evoke the period – there’s even a long green dress which was specially dyed to match the colour of Keira Knightley’s similarly-styled gown in the 1930s-set film Atonement.
To find out more about Pennies from Heaven, including an exclusive interview with Ashley Page and an insight into Scottish Ballet’s Wardrobe Department’s vintage styling, join us online from 12.30pm on Saturday 17 September when we will be broadcasting live from the Company’s headquarters. In the third in our series of webcasts, viewers will also enjoy the chance to watch Scottish Ballet’s dancers rehearse sections from Pennies from Heaven live in the Peter Darrell studio as well as take part in a Q&A with a dancer. Questions can be submitted via Facebook or @scottishballet on Twitter, and all the action can be followed on the day at the Scottish Ballet website.
Full Season listings follow below and include additional tour related events.
Autumn SEASON 2011 listings
Behind the scenes: Pennies from Heaven Live Stream web broadcast from Scottish Ballet HQ
Saturday 17 September, 12.30pm
SCOTTISH BALLET AUTUMN SEASON
Kings 2 Ends – Jorma Elo / Pennies from Heaven – Ashley Page
Thursday 29 September – Saturday 01 October 2011
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 7.30pm
Tickets from £6 – £24.50.
Discounts available including an Under 26s £10 ticket deal; contact Box Office for more information
Free pre-show talk with artistic staff on Thursday 29 September at 6.30pm and with music staff on Friday 30 September at 6.30pm. Pre-show talk tickets must be booked in advance.
Insight Take a little time out to discover the inspirations behind choreography, characters, music and designs of the pieces in the Autumn Season. These Insights offer the fascinating experience of watching the Company taking class on stage and, time permitting, talking to one of the dancers about their career.
Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets £5/£3 concession.
Box Office 0844 871 7647