Best of the rest - Edinburgh International Festival


This article is from 2008.




Under the artistic direction of Nina Ananiashvili, the State Ballet of Georgia will be performing what many view as the definitive interpretation of this romantic ballet.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 9 & 10 Aug, 7.30pm; 10 Aug, 2.30pm, £10-£42.

Gabriela Montero

Two performances here from the superb Venezuelan pianist who has been causing a stir ever since making her prodigious debut with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra at the tender age of eight.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 12 Aug, 11am, £7-£26.50; The Hub, Castlehill, 12 Aug, 10.30pm, £17.


From the Palestinian National Theatre comes this adaptation of a contemporary Arabic poem which acts as a cry against the destruction of a culture and an individual.
Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, 14-17 Aug, 8pm, £10-£25.

Roby Lakatos and Ensemble

The man who has been dubbed the ‘devil’s fiddler’ does classical and jazz with expert vigour. The magic of the 19th century Hungarian gypsy tradition is there for all to see with his mesmerizing playing.
The Hub, Castlehill, 15-17 Aug, 10.30pm, £17.

Le Roi David

With soprano Angela Denoke and conductor Stéphane Denève leading the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the biblical story of David is told in a dramatic symphonic psalm.
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 18 Aug, 8pm, £10-£39.


This year’s National Theatre of Scotland production is penned by David Harrower and directed by Vicky Featherstone, exploring the often traumatic transition from childhood to being an adult.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 22-25 Aug, 7.30pm; 23 Aug, 2.30pm, £10-£25.

Aleko/Semyon Kotko

A pair of concerts sung in Russian from the two Sergeis, Rachmaninov about Prokofiev with Irina Mataeva taking roles in both as we jet back in time for a couple of hours to Bolshevik Russia. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 24 Aug, 8pm, £10-£39.

Deca Dance 2008

Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company give us a daring showcase of choreographer Ohad Naharin’s dreamy works including ‘MAX’, ‘Moshe’ and ‘Anaphaza’. Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 28-30 Aug, 8pm, £8-£28.


Through text, song and piano music, Muziektheater Transparant illuminate the life of the anti-fascist Weimar Republic-era composer Stefan Wolpe who created agit prop songs for the workers. The Hub, Castlehill, 29 & 30 Aug, 8pm, £17.

Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert

For some this is the grand and spectacular centrepiece to the entire Festival, with this year’s musical treats coming from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as they capture the spirit of central European folk dance music. Princes Street Gardens, 31 Aug, 9pm, £10-£25.

For all tickets call 0131 473 2000

This article is from 2008.


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