Scottish Ballet: Edinburgh International Festival

Christopher Harrison in Scottish Ballet's The Crucible. Image Andy Ross
Christopher Harrison in Scottish Ballet's The Crucible. Image Andy Ross

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Scottish Ballet announced the exciting news that the company will be joined by Senior Guest Artist Cira
Robinson for the world premiere of Helen Pickett’s “The Crucible”.   The first major commission of Scottish
Ballet’s 50th anniversary year, the production will open the dance programme at the Edinburgh International
Festival, from 3–5 August 2019.

As part of a longstanding collaboration between the two companies, Ballet Black’s Senior Artist Cira
Robinson will join Scottish Ballet to dance the role of Tituba.  Bringing a breadth of experience, Cira will
play a vital role in developing this rich and complex character in Arthur Miller’s drama of power and
persecution. A story as relevant today as when it was first written, Miller’s 1953 masterpiece explores the
impact of the 17th-century Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts.

Ballet Black is the UK’s professional ballet company for international dancers of black and Asian descent.
Their goal is to see a fundamental change in the number of black and Asian dancers in UK ballet companies.
By creating a central black female character, rarely seen in the UK outside of Ballet Black repertoire, the
two companies aim to openly address the challenges of diverse representation in UK ballet (on and off
stage), and particularly the lack of black British female ballet dancers.

For more information, to book tickets to The Crucible, and to donate to the Millinery Appeal, visit:


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