Scottish Ballet’s Autumn 2011

June 8, 2011

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From Scottish Ballet: 6 June 2011



Touring Glasgow / Los Angeles / Davis, California / Minneapolis / London

This autumn, Scottish Ballet will be making a round trip of 11,457 miles, visiting Glasgow, London and North America.

Direct from the Edinburgh International Festival Scotland’s national dance company will present a double bill featuring the work of Scottish choreographer and former Royal Ballet Director Kenneth MacMillan and a brand new commission from Boston Ballet choreographer Jorma Elo in a tour that sees the Company return to America for the first time in twenty-five years, as well as perform once more on the Sadler’s Wells stage in London, home to the very best of British and International dance.

three dancers lean on each other waering blue and grey

Adam Blyde, Eve Mutso and Tama Barry in Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth. Photograph by Graham Wylie.

Song of the Earth: Kenneth MacMillan (1965)

Kenneth MacMillan created Song of the Earth for Stuttgart Ballet in 1965 at the invitation of Artistic Director John Cranko.

The piece offers a choreographic response to the bittersweet emotions offered in a series of 18th century Chinese poems, freely translated into German and set to music by Gustav Mahler, concluding with a farewell to the world.

MacMillan described the theme of his ballet succinctly: “A man and a woman; death takes the man; they both return to her and at the end of the ballet, we find that in death there is the promise of renewal. 

“The central couple are part of a group of young people who are blissfully unaware of their own mortality, and among them is a man with a colourless half-mask over his face: he is the Messenger of Death.”

Featuring the imposing but eloquent choreography MacMillan is renowned for; the women, en pointe, appear at times Oriental in their position – turned in poses, torsos tilted, and dressed in elegant, simple tunics in blue, green and purple shades.

New Work: Jorma Elo (2011)

As Resident Choreographer at Boston Ballet, Finnish-born Jorma Elo has become an increasingly sought-after talent across the US and Europe, having created works for companies including San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and Finnish National Ballet.

This exciting new work, created for Scottish Ballet is set to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Steve Reich’s Double Sextet, and features costumes from designer Yukimo Takeshima in deep warm hues and sparkling textures.

Scottish Ballet will perform the MacMillan/Elo double bill in Los Angeles (14 – 16 October), Davis, California (19 October), Minneapolis (22 October) and Sadler’s Wells, London (3 – 4 November).

The company will also present the new Jorma Elo piece alongside Ashley Page’s delightfully playful Pennies from Heaven as part of a double bill at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal this autumn.

Pennies from Heaven: Ashley Page (2008)

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. 

two dancers sat on the stairs

Vassilissa Levtonova and Daniel Davidson in Ashley Page’s Pennies from Heaven Photograph : Graham Wylie

Scottish Ballet will perform the Elo/Page double bill at Theatre Royal Glasgow (29 September – 1 October)


Autumn 2011 listings


New Work – Jorma Elo / Pennies from Heaven – Ashley Page

Thursday 29 September – Saturday 01 October 2011

Evenings 7.30pm

Tickets from £6-£24.50.  Discounts available, contact Box Office.

Free pre-show talk with artistic staff on Thurs 29 Sep at 6.30pm and with music staff on Fri 30 Sep at 6.30pm.

Box Office 0844 871 7647*

Booking Online at Ambassadour tickets


Song of the Earth – Kenneth MacMillan / New Work – Jorma Elo


Los Angeles, California

Friday 14 – Sunday 16 October 2011 @ 8pm

Booking online at Disney Hall


Jackson Hall, David, California

Wednesday 19 October 2011 @8pm

Booking online at Mondaviarts


Minneapolis, Minnesota (Part of Northrop Festival)

Saturday 22 Oct 2011 @ 8pm

Booking online at Northrop


Song of the Earth – Kenneth MacMillan / New Work – Jorma Elo

Thursday 03 – Friday 04 November 2011

Evenings 7.30pm

Tickets from £10-£40. Discounts available, contact Box Office.

Box office 0844 412 4300

Booking online at Sadlers Wells

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