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Scottish Ballet

Crystal Pite / Angelin Preljocaj
18 - 20 August 2016
Festival Theatre

Sensuality, brutality and spellbinding spectacle come together in a double bill of major contemporary dance works from Scotland’s national ballet company, radically contrasting in their dance styles, but equally powerful in their extreme emotional impact.

A 38-strong corps de ballet is transformed into a swarming, scurrying mass of insect-like creatures in the multi-award winning Emergence by Crystal Pite, which draws parallels between classical ballet’s traditional hierarchies and the swarm intelligence of bees.

By turns ritualistic and mesmerising, and cast on a huge scale, Emergence transforms the stage into the dancers’ eerie subterranean hive, combining the elegant lines of classical ballet with weird, insect-like movements and chaotic formations. With a hypnotic electronic score by Owen Belton, Emergence is a spectacular showpiece from one of today’s most exciting and innovative choreographers.

Angelin Preljocaj’s MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) is a hymn to the male body, a meeting of the spiritual and the carnal, a glorification of masculinity and a condemnation of force. Performed by 12 male dancers representing the Apostles of Jesus, this powerfully sensual work takes as its starting point the Last Supper as related in the Gospel of St Mark, chapter 14, verse 22 as Christ breaks bread and announces to his disciples: ‘Take it; this is my body.’

Through ritual washing, tender affection and images of cruelty, MC 14/22 evokes Biblical scenes in a visceral, sometimes brutal work that explores the idea of surrendering the body so that it can be recreated anew. Angelin Preljocaj is one of the world’s preeminent choreographers, revered for his unmistakably provocative dance vocabulary focusing strongly on physicality and sensuality.


...like the best works of art, it transforms its audience, as well as its participants

Seattle Times (on Crystal Pite's Emergence

This bright, zesty, youthful troupe has gone from strength to strength...

The Telegraph (on Scottish Ballet) 


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  • Audio Described:
    Fri 19 Aug 7.30pm
  • Running time: 
    1 hour 45 minutes approximately
  • Touch Tour:
    Fri 19 Aug 6pm

Venue

Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9FT

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    MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps)
    Angelin Preljocaj Choreographer
    Tedd Zahmal Sound designer
    Daniel Jasiak Costume designer
    Patrick Riou Lighting designer

    Emergence
    Crystal Pite Choreographer
    Jay Gower Taylor Set designer
    Linda Chow Costume designer
    Alan Brodie Lighting designer
    Owen Belton Music


    More information about some of the artists

    Scottish Ballet
    Website

    Crystal Pite
    Website

    Angelin Preljocaj
    Website

    Scottish Ballet | The Herald

    August 19th 2016

    shockwaves of radical choreography beyond anything they’ve shown us before ★★★★

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    Review by: 

    Mary Brennan

    The Herald

    Scottish Ballet | The Scostman

    August 20th 2016

    Ceci mon corps is as if Da Vinci's Last Supper and Picasso's Guernica have been made flash

    Review by: 

    Kelly Apter 

    The Scostman 

    Scottish Ballet | The Scostman

    August 20th 2016

    Working with choreographers Angelin Preljocaj and Crystal Pite has taken our national ballet company to a whole new level

    Review by: 

    Kelly Apter 

    The Scostman 

    Scottish Ballet | The Scostman

    August 21st 2016

    A  genuine sense of moving as one breath

    Review by: 

    Kelly Apter 

    The Scostman

    Scottish Ballet | The Herald

    August 20th 2016

    Such brilliant synchronisation and intensity, that we are left spellbound

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    Review by: 

    Tom Campbell

    The Herald

    Scottish Ballet | The Herald

    August 20th 2016

    Crystal Pite's Emergence enthralls us through its sheer sense of spectacle

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    Review by: 

    Tom Campbell

    The Herald

    Scottish Ballet | The Times

    August 21st 2016

    The dancers throughout look terrific

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    Review by: 

    Donald Hutera

    The Times

    Scottish Ballet | The Stage

    August 24th 2016

    Scottish Ballet enters a new level of artistry and vision with this dark, divisive double bill

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    Review by: 

    Thom Dibdin

    The Stage

    Image: Angela Sterling


    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2017 International Festival programme will be released in the spring.

    Tickets

    Dress circle: £32 £28 £18 £12
    Stalls: £32 £28 £18 £12
    Upper circle: £25 £20 £12

    Current discounts

    Students: 30% off
    Senior citizens: 30% off
    Unemployed: 30% off
    BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off
    Under 18s: 50% off
    Young Scot cardholders: 50% off