Scottish Ballet

This article is from 2009.

Scottish Ballet

Three diverse works from our national ballet company, all of which will put these increasingly powerful dancers to the test. Reportedly his own personal favourite, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Scenes de Ballet opens the night with style and sophistication. William Forsythe’s extremely fast and precise Workwithinwork supplies the filling, with a brand new production of Petrushka by Ian Spink to close. Once a 19th century tale of tragic puppets on tour, Spink’s version updates the Russian classic to something far more real and contemporary. Prepare to be impressed.

Edinburgh Playhouse, 473 2000, 4 Sep, 7.30pm; 5 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £10–£42.

Scottish Ballet

The world premiere of Petrushka choreographed by Ian Spink with music by Stravinsky performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra led by Nicholas Kok is presented alongside Ashton's classic Scenes de Ballet and Forsyth's Workwithinwork Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund..


1. Dr Ed5 Sep 2009, 5:54pm Report

The evening was made up of 3 separate pieces, which did not flow naturally together. An odd choice for EIF, I was not sure for which audience this was selected. As a long-standing ballet goer, I did not enjoy the performance; one of my guests, ballet-naive, was bewildered by her first experience.

Scènes de Ballet, with discondordant Stravinsky music, was awkward and ungainly.

Work Within Work left me with my eyes closed for much of the time. My ears would have been closed too...

Petrushka seemed more like a cheap cabaret. Whilst the (original) music was beautifully performed, the world premiere of the choreography appalled me. The "comic love triangle" was never engaging as the pole dancing gal was only matched to the WWF wrestling suitor. Maybe this is the intended result of re-locating the ballet to 1990's Russia. To my mind, the folk traditions in the original ballet suit the fine score of Stravinsky.

A disappointing, even unpleasant, evening.

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