Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel Reveal

November 18, 2013

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Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel Reveal


In advance of the world premiere of Hansel & Gretel Scottish Ballet reinterpret a famous Degas Sketch, in celebration of its sale at Lyon & Turnbull.

Scottish Ballet dancer Luciana Ravizzi today took a short break from rehearsing Hansel & Gretel to find inspiration from famous French artist Degas, and help celebrate the sale of his beautiful Ballerina sketch sold at Lyon & Turnbull. The sketch of a ballerina by Edgar Degas, titled ‘Danseuse Rajustant L’Epaulette de Son Corsage’ is to be sold at their Fine Paintings Sale of the 28th November 2013. Valued at £80,000-120,000, the sketch is part of a collection of paintings belonging to Manchester born Albert Davis.


Scottish Ballet’s world premiere tour of Hansel & Gretel opens at Theatre Royal Glasgow on 10 December, and will tour Scotland, Newcastle and Belfast this winter.  This delightfully inventive, brand new Hansel & Gretel takes creative twists and turns inspired by the Grimm Brother’s famous fairy tale – and the stories and imagination of the people of Scotland, gathered from a year-long country-wide initiative called Hansel & Gretel, and Me which involved creative writing and art and design competitions.

Dancer Luciana Ravizzi said “Degas’ ballerina sketches and paintings are beautiful and inspirational.  They offer a real insight behind the scenes of the ballet world – and depict what it might have been like for a ballerina preparing for an important performance, like Hansel & Gretel.”

This photo call is an exclusive first-look at one of the dazzling costumes from Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel – a beautiful dream sequence ballerina, dressed head to toe in pink sparkle and ten layers of net.

Charlotte Riorhdan, Paintings Specialist at Lyon & Turnbull said “this superb sketch by Degas is likely to date to c. 1895- 1900. By this stage Degas was fully immersed in the possibilities of his ballerina studies, focusing his attention behind the scenes in the dressing room and during rehearsals. Honing in on seemingly casual gestures – a girl pulling up a stocking or, as here, adjusting a shoulder strap – he would analytically repeat the movement from numerous angles, sometimes conveying the same action in a rhythmic, frieze-like composition. This study is likely to relate to completed works such as ‘Behind the Scenes’ from c. 1898 or ‘Dancers’ of 1899.”


Degas, the French artist, is famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term and preferred to be called a realist. He was a superb draftsman and particularly masterly in depicting movement.

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3 Responses to “Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel Reveal”

  1. Ballet News Says:

    The Ballet Painter commented : That is awesome !

  2. Ballet News Says:

    Roger Handley commented : Would like to see this ballet.

  3. Ballet News Says:

    Paula Mcgowan commented : Beautiful costume