Scottish Ballet’s founding Artistic Director commemorated

November 28, 2012

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Scottish Ballet’s founding Artistic Director commemorated

Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne in Peter Darrell’s Cheri. Photograph by Alan Peebles.

Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne in Peter Darrell’s Cheri. Photograph by Alan Peebles.

BBC Scotland will be showing a special ArtWorks documentary to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Scottish Ballet founding Artistic Director Peter Darrell’s death on BBC Two Scotland, Tuesday 4 December.

Scottish Ballet dancers Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne rehearse and perform a section of Darrell’s Cheri exclusively for this documentary.

Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne in Peter Darrell’s Cheri. Photograph by Alan Peebles.

Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne in Peter Darrell’s Cheri. Photograph by Alan Peebles.

Peter Darrell – Scotland’s Dance Pioneer (a Taylored Production for BBC Scotland)

Tuesday 4 December

BBC Two Scotland, 10 pm

Twenty five years on from his death, ArtWorks Scotland marks the largely unacknowledged legacy of the founder of Scottish Ballet, Peter Darrell.  Darrell was a true innovator – the first choreographer to set dance to the music of The Beatles and one of the first to create a ballet specially for British television – and the man who discovered Michael Clark and inspired Matthew Bourne, who both pay tribute to him in this film.

Michael Clark – who became a child dancer in Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker, when he was only 11 – says: “I wouldn’t be here today, doing what I do if it wasn’t for him.”

Made by Taylored Productions, this ArtWorks features a pas de deux from Darrell’s ballet Cheri, specially restaged for the programme, and a commitment from Scottish Ballet’s new Artistic Director Christopher Hampson to look at reviving more of Darrell’s work for a modern audience.

Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne in Peter Darrell’s Cheri. Photograph by Alan Peebles.

Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne in Peter Darrell’s Cheri. Photograph by Alan Peebles.

 

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