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Scottish Ballet Autumn Season 2012 - Run For It/Workwithinwork/5 Tangos

Published Friday 12 October 2012 at 17:00 by Thom Dibdin

Scottish Ballet’s autumn trio of ballets - new, refreshed and old - emphatically establishes that new artistic director Christopher Hampson will be building on from the strengths of his predecessor Ashley Page.

Opening with Run For It, Martin Lawrance’s contribution to this summer’s Cultural Olympiad, the company has the confidence of a winning team. There was bravado in their ownership of this big, physical celebration of athleticism back in June, now there is authority. A few minor wobbles, perhaps, but as it moves from the frenetic opening movement into its calmer episodes, this speaks of skill and reserve - the poise and beauty of the athletics field.

Forsythe’s Workwithinwork, first performed by the company during its 40th anniversary season in 2009, spins together seemingly random fragments and themes, danced to Luciano Berio’s short educational violin duets. Teetering on the edge of comprehension, here are the ghosts of ballets past and yet to come appearing out of a crepuscular lighting scheme. The overall effect is mesmerising and leaves you in awe of the skill of all concerned.

In Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos the company has found itself a crowd pleaser. The beauty and elegance of the whole is exemplified in two of the tangos. The first a solo from Christopher Harrison, his upper-body all ballroom formality as his lower half cuts the leaps, twists and steps of pure ballet into the mix. Second is the austere melancholy of Claire Robertson’s tango with six male dancers. It is an electric, heart-rending performance which brings pure emotion to the stage and, one suspects, new audiences for the company.

Production information

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, October 11-13, then touring until October 20

John Adams, Luciano Berio, Astor Piazzolla
Martin Lawrance, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen
Scottish Ballet
Cast includes:
Claire Robertson, Christopher Harrison, Sophie Martin, Victor Zarallo, Constance Devernay, Adam Blyde
Running time:
2hrs 15mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014