Scottish Ballet is Keeping the Lights on

Rishan Benjamin on set for Frontiers, part of Scottish Ballet's Digital Season
Scottish Ballet © Mihaela Bodlovic. Rishan Benjamin on set for Frontiers, part of Scottish Ballet's Digital Season

Proving that limitations can actually be a boon to creativity, Scottish Ballet have been busy developing and extending their range of community projects throughout the pandemic lockdown. Staff, crew and talent have been stretching their skills and imagination with a swathe of inventive missions. Their ever popular online digital health classes have ballooned, helping the nation stretch, bend and shuffle in aid of good well-being.

Meanwhile, as part of ‘My Light Shines On’, they have been commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival to create some astonishing video pieces that audiences can enjoy from their own homes. Check out SB’s classy website where a splendid array of top quality films ably demonstrates their commitment to visual style, talent and creativity.

Highlights include:


This five minute short comes in a rush of sparkling energy and stunning choreography. Set in a surreal dining room, choreographed by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple, it’s an adrenalised romp through some quirky and accelerated set pieces as digital cameras whiz and spin. The action is heightened by Anna Meredith’s stirring, panicky soundtrack. A mini masterpiece.


One wonders how it is even possible to rehearse 36 dancers via Zoom, but Sophie Laplane has achieved it via this delightful nod to the promises of the humble door. Set to Mozart’s ‘Papageno Papagena’, it’s an upbeat array of scampering feet and undulating bodies, with each home-snared figure drawn into a grand mosaic of rippling patterns as they ponder the connotations of their own door:  gateway or exit? Friend or enemy? Escape route or cell-door?

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