In memory of inspired choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Scottish Ballet are restaging an early piece first unveiled in 1960 as part of their Autumn season. The Fairy’s Kiss reimagines spooky Hans Christian Andersen tale The Ice Maiden by way of some unfinished Tchaikovsky compositions bolstered and augmented by Stravinsky. The blend invents a Tchaikovsky style ballet with a smattering of trademark Stravinsky touches – a faithful homage with a contemporary edge.
Also on the programme The Rite of Spring choreographed by Christopher Hampton spotlights the drama and stark tension of Stravinsky’s dissonant masterpiece. Staged against a striking grey backdrop, it caused a buzz when first unveiled at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival.
The fabulous Scottish Ballet Orchestra are also on hand to belt out some deft and complex scores with their usual gusto and precision. Not to be missed.
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