Scottish Ballet Dances Stravinsky at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh Review

11-13 October 2017

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Reviewed by Darryl Ryznar

Scottish Ballet’s latest performance, Stravinsky’s ‘The Fairy’s Kiss’ and ‘The Rite of Spring’, was a great depiction of two ballet styles. Despite both being set to Igor Stravinsky’s beautifully dramatic scores, the pieces were in stark contrast to one another, with the first being traditional and the second being modern – the Fairy’s Kiss was romantic and soft whereas the Rite of Spring was raw, energetic and violent.

The first piece, Le Baiser de la Fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), is a traditional ballet dance originally choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan in 1960 based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale ‘The Ice Maiden’. The dance tells the story of a young man, on the night before his wedding, being lured away from his alpine home by a beautiful fairy temptress, leaving the bride-to-be distraught. The principal dancers were graceful and elegant as they swept across the stage, and with little props and an alpine backdrop I easily bought into the passionate storyline. The costumes were beautifully detailed, from the Alpine villagers to the glittering fairy, and the dancers were all very much in sync.

The second piece, Le Sacred du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), choreographed by Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director, Christopher Hampson, is a modern, raw dance, telling the story of two brothers at odds over a mysterious woman. The two males begin in sync, then swiftly the atmosphere changes, and it’s easy to see one brother is the more dominant. Set on a high walled white stage, the performance was violent yet elegant.

Taking place at Edinburgh’s modern, centrally located Festival Theatre. The theatre is readily accessible by rail (Waverley is only 10 minutes walk), bus or car, with free on street parking nearby and plenty of restaurants and bars in a close proximity to make the most of an evening out.

Rating: 4/5

Tickets cost from £17 to £30 (booking fees may apply).

Scottish Ballet Dances Stravinsky is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh from 11-13 October 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.edtheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.

Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000

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