Philip Glass, whose music for film trilogy Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi will be performed live at EIF 2011
EIF and The List deal for half-price tickets, events and freebies
Edinburgh International Festival - in association with The List - are offering festival-goers an innovative membership scheme entitling you to half-price tickets, event passes and freebies for the 2011 Festival. The scheme returns after a successful debut at the 2010 festival.
Membership to the unique IN scheme costs £25 with benefits including:
A year round programme of special events
Access to invitation-only events during Festival
Programme of pre-show and post-show parties
50% ticket discounts on a range of Festival performances - see below
Offers from partner organisations
For those planning on attending more than one of the hundreds of EIF performances, exhibitions, shows, talks and workshops on this year, the £25 membership fee could quickly pay for itself via the 50% ticket discount alone. Add to that the exclusive invites to parties, other festival-related events and offers from partner organisations, and the scheme represents an affordable way to experience the International Festival.
To kick things off, IN are throwing an opening party at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre at 6pm, Thu 2 Jun where guests will enjoy complimentary drinks and get all the behind-the-scenes tips for the hottest Festival shows from Festival director Jonathan Mills.
Guests will also be entered into a prize draw to win a three-month membership at Macdonald Holyrood's Vital Health Spa, a Festival ticket gift voucher worth £100 and a bottle of the finest Festival whisky. Winners will be announced on the night.
To attend, email INsider@eif.co.uk with your full name by Friday 20 May.
To join IN, see eif.co.uk/insider or call Lisa Morlidge, Membership Officer on 0131 473 2065 or Zuleika Brett, Individual Giving Co-ordinator on 0131 473 2064.
For more information, see www.eif.co.uk/insider
Shows included in half price ticket deal
An unmissable chance to see 91-year-old Ravi Shankar - the man responsible for almost single-handedly popularising Indian sitar music among new audiences worldwide. The triple Grammy award-winner continues to entertain audiences across the globe and this programme of 'Evening Ragas' has a fitting serenity for a performer in the evening years of a great life.
Enjoy an evening with London's Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and joined mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, on a programme that spans spiritual rapture in Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy to a dance to the death in Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, via Ravel's Shéhérazade.
(30 August 8pm) Marvel at a night of 20th century masterpieces performed by one of America's greatest orchestras conducted by Charles Dutoit. A Russo-French programme starts with Stravinsky's Le chant ru rossignol, then Ravel's orchestral version of his own piano duet Ma mère l'oye (aka the Mother Goose suite); then Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances and finally Ravel's La Valse.
(3 September) Jonathan Nott conducts the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in an evening of all Ravel classics. The Valses Nobels et Sentimentales is an intriguing combination of impressionism and modernism. Pierre-Laurent Aimard is the soloist for the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand originally composed for pianist Paul Wittgenstein (brother of the more famous Ludwig), who'd lost his right arm in World War I. Finally, Daphnis and Chloé is a ravishing ballet score, here performed in its entirety. Accompanied by the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and its Chorus Master Christopher Bell.
A rare opportunity to experience Koyaanisqatsi, the first in the Qatsi trilogy of visionary films by Godfrey Reggio with live music performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble, conducted by Michael Riesmant. The film caused a sensation when released and is now a cult classic. One of the defining composers of our time, Glass composed each continuous soundtrack working with Reggio to choreograph the music and images precisely.
The second installment of Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi trilogy, again featuring live music performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble. For Powaqqatsi, Reggio went into remote parts of developing nations to witness the impact of technological progress on native cultures, capturing ordinary people at work and play and revealing their complicated relationship with new additions to their lives like cars and high-rise buildings.
The final film in Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi trilogy, Naqoyaqatsi takes us from a world controlled by the beauty of nature to a world dominated by technology and digital manipulation. Unlike the previous two films, Naqoyqatsi features little location work, but instead uses a method described by Godfrey Reggio as ‘image as location.' Created shortly before September 11 2001, the film is considered somewhat prophetic in its depiction of modern society. Reggio conceived these films over a period of 20 years using streams of raw, emotional and honest images, with no dialogue or linear narrative, to create three unique works of art and forging an entirely new form - concert cinema.
The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan
An interpretation of Hamlet unlike any you will ever have experienced, brought to you by the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe - a virtuosic ensemble dedicated both to preserving the ancient artistry of Chinese opera and extending its repertoire beyond traditional boundaries. With gorgeously embroidered costumes, extraordinary acrobatics and brilliant music, Peking Opera was designed to be seen and heard by large crowds in open air settings often lit only by oil lamps. Also known as Jingju, it developed as a distinct art form in the 18th century.
A Korean tale with elements familiar from Western fairy lore, this piece of opulent dance theatre from Eun-Me Ahn Company tells the tale of a princess, cast out as a baby by her father who longs for a son, who returns as a blossoming 16-year-old to find her father sick. As the only one who can save him, she must venture into the underworld in what becomes a surprisingly modern allegory. Eun Me Ahn combines contemporary choreography with Young-Gyu Jang's score, which includes traditional Korean vocal and percussion Pansori music.
The national ballet company presents two pieces soundtracked by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Sian Edwards. The first is a world premiere of a brand new piece by Boston Ballet choreographer Jorma Elo, to a score by Mozart and Reich. The second part of the show is a reprisal of Scottish-born choreographer Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth, set to Mahler's song cycle of the same name, which consists of ancient Chinese poems translated into German.
Three stories of spiritual and geographic homecoming, set in three of the most iconic and culturally significant places in Asia, presented by New York-based Chinese choreographer Shen Wei and his Dance Arts group. The first part deals with a trip to the Tibetan plateau near the roof of the world; the second with an encounter with the astonishing Angkor Watt temple complex, tangled deep within the Cambodian jungle; while the third and final part will take audiences on a journey along China's silk road - a vital artery for economic, cultural and linguistic exchange with the rest of the world.
Drought and Rain
French Vietnamese choreographer Ea Sola celebrates historical and cultural memory and meditates on the human cost of war and imperialism in Drought and Rain (re-creation 2011). Together with a group of elderly women from the north of Vietnam, whose singing had consoled soldiers on the front line, and an ensemble of virtuoso traditional musicians, Ea Sola has re-created this moving and beautiful work. A co-production with Napoli Teatro Festival, Italy and Sadler's Wells, London.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The world premier of a new production written and directed by Stephen Earnhart, adapted from Haruki Murakami's novel of the same name that explores the trials of an everyman character who loses first his cat and then his wife, the ensuing search leading him across the threshhold of his dreams and into a world where the dark forces latent in his life have free rein.
Amjad Ali Khan
Complementing the 'Evening Ragas' concert by Ravi Shankar on Mon 22 Aug, this programme of morningtime ragas from virtuoso sitarist Khan – who can count the Dalai Lama among his fans – must be one of the most beautiful ways to start your day that there is.
Piano recital from highly-acclaimed Singapore-born British pianist Melvyn Tan.This concert is dedicated to two widely different styles of keyboard sound, contrasting the refined and elegant eighteenth-century sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti with the twentieth-century hybrid inventions of John Cage.
Bringing world-class arts to the capital since 1947, the EIF sets the standard for classical concerts, opera, dance and theatre, while it's recently also added an excellent contemporary music strand. Already confirmed for 2019 is Ian McKellen who will perform a series of highlights from his remarkable career.