Scottish Ballet’s festive treat Hansel & Gretel returns for Winter 2016/17. Choreographed by CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, it’s a sparkling interpretation of the classic fairy tale filled with lots of festive magic. Exploring themes from loss and fear, to betrayal and family relationships, the performance wows with some spectacular stage designs and a huge amount of charm and humour.
The show received its world premiere in December 2013 and was inspired by the stories and imagination of the people of Scotland (The artistic director spent a year visiting schools and community groups discovering stories and ideas to help shape the performance). The critically acclaimed production also features an exclusive arrangement of Engelbert Humperdinck’s spiky score, given a vigorous treatment by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.
The choreographer feels very patriotic about his creation. “This is a ballet that is inspired by, and truly belongs to the people of Scotland,’ he says. “I am looking forward to bringing Hansel & Gretel back this Christmas with Scottish Ballet performing to audiences across Scotland, Newcastle and Belfast.”
Check the company’s website for ticket details and some fabulous teaser videos.
Edinburgh December 10 – 31, Glasgow January 5 – 14, Aberdeen January 18 – 21, Inverness January 25 – 28, Newcastle February 1 – 4 and Belfast February 8 – 11.
Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel will feature talented young children from each of the cities on tour, who will perform on stage with Scotland’s national dance company.