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GEOMETRY + GRACE 3 DISTINCTIVE PIECES 3 GROUNDBREAKING CHOREOGRAPHERS 36 PHENOMENAL DANCERS

This autumn, Scottish Ballet presents a fascinating programme of pure dance influenced by the grace of geometry, contemporary classical music and the chic styles of the 1940s. Read on to find out more about each piece.


SCÈNES DE BALLET FREDERICK ASHTON


From revered choreographer Frederick Ashton comes Scènes de Ballet. Set to the sophisticated eponymous Stravinsky score, the work famously makes use of geometric floor and figure patterns by way of Euclid’s theorems in a piece of perfect precision that means the ballet can be viewed and enjoyed from any angle. Ashton claimed this was his favourite of his own works. This purely classical ballet is as elegant and chic as it is astute, and was originally designed by André Beaurepaire, a young Frenchman who was heavily influenced by Picasso. Ashton adapted the original designs to include a twist of the baroque and the final work sees the ballerinas in tutus of lemon and blue, with doublestrand pearls and sharp black berets to dramatic visual effect.


NEW WORK VAL CANIPAROLI

At the centre of this diverse programme is a world premiere by San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli. Set to two chamber scores by Uzbekistani composer Elena Kats Chernin, this new work showcases Caniparoli’s distinctive dramatic yet sensual choreographic style which, much like Page’s, is rooted in the classical vocabulary but presented in a contemporary manner


FEARFUL SYMMETRIES ASHLEY PAGE


The hugely successful Fearful Symmetries was created by Ashley Page for the Royal Ballet in 1994, and received both Time Out and Olivier Awards. A visually striking piece, Fearful Symmetries takes its design cues from Mark Rothko and New York abstract expressionists and is inspired by John Adams’ dynamic score which evokes contrasting images of bustling American cities and the wide open spaces of the mid-west. The score propels the dancers across the stage, particularly the opening train-like sounds which heighten the sense of forward momentum.



Geometry and Grace