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This week we shine a spotlight on some of the music and composers in our dance programme, featuring a wonderfully diverse range of artists and genres.

Our 2019 dance programme transports you from the Salem witch trials to the streets of Belfast and the gardens of Jupiter Artland; we celebrate an Afrobeat pioneer and a Chinese dance icon; and challenge perceptions of disability with works exploring cerebral palsy and sensory impairment.

Timeless classics from Stravinsky and Beethoven provide part of the soundtracks to Yang Liping’s Rite of Spring and eloquent dance work 9. Stravinsky’s iconic music meets a new musical score from Chinese composer He Xuntian, who brings influences from traditional Tibetan music to help create a Rite of Spring unlike any version you’ll have seen before, while Martin Tétreault brings his experimental expertise to remix Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in family show 9.

Serge Aimé Coulibaly’s Kalakuta Republik brings a dizzying fusion of dance, music and revolution, inspired by the supercharged music and scandalous life of Fela Kuti. International DJ and electronic musician David Holmes adds the driving music behind Oona Doherty’s striking dance piece Hard to be Soft: A Belfast Prayer while Scott Twynholm provides the soundtrack to the visually stunning Purposeless Movements. The Crucible also features an original composition by the aptly named Peter Salem, whose score will be played live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra led by conductor Jean-Claude Picard.

Grab your headphones and listen to the featured artists, compositions and performances in the playlist below for a small taste of what's to come this August.