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Scottish Ballet

14-07-99, 07:58 PM (GMT)
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"30th Anniversary Season"

July 14, 1999


Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen

'Scottish Ballet...one of the Country's best-loved arts institutions.'
Scottish Express, November 1997

Peter Darrell's acclaimed GISELLE revived for the first time since 1991

' Utterly valid and compelling: an exciting stimulating and more than honourable view of a great classic ballet.'
The Financial Times, August 1991

Adam Cooper returns to the title role in Peter Darrell's TALES OF HOFFMANN

'A show worth travelling miles to see. A genuine artistic victory.'
Daily Telegraph, April 1998

Peter Darrell's Giselle
First produced in 1841 at the Paris Opera, Giselle is perhaps the best known and most poignant ballet of the Romantic era. Set in a medieval Rhineland village, it tells of Giselle, a naove peasant girl, who is driven to suicide when deceived by her aristocratic lover, Albrecht. Filled with remorse, Albrecht visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by ghostly spirits - the Wilis. Giselle's love for Albrecht transcends death however and she protects him until dawn breaks. The Wilis' power is destroyed and Albrecht is saved.

Originally staged by Peter Darrell for the Company in 1971 as the Company's first 'classic': this version of Giselle has remained one of the finest stagings of this tragic story. Darrell conceived Giselle as a story ballet with a strong dramatic content; sweeping away much of the sentimentality associated with more traditional versions, bringing the background into sharper focus through a more naturalistic setting and sense of character but maintaining the choreography brought from Russia by Nikolay Sergueyev in the 1930's.

Sabine Chaland of Dutch National Ballet and who recently performed with Scottish Ballet during the 1999 Spring and Summer Seasons, will join the Company on this tour.

Peter Darrell's Tales of Hoffmann
Peter Darrell's Tales of Hoffmann, premiered in 1972, has particular importance in Scottish Ballet's heritage as one of his first full-length works for the Company.

A striking ballet full of psychological and dramatic tension, Darrell's version of the ETA Hoffmann stories received high praise at it's revival in 1998 and returns with the charismatic Adam Cooper and Scottish Ballet Principal Vladislav Bubnov sharing the title role. The various guises of Hoffmann's sinister nemesis will be danced by former Scottish Ballet principal Robert Hampton, and Company member Preston Clare.

As the poet Hoffmann waits for his latest love, his companions plead with him to recount the great affairs of his heart. In doing so he also tells them of the malevolent spirit that has pursued him throughout his life and the bitter disappointment of failing to find true love which in turn has lead him to find solace in religion.

Mary Brennan, arts writer for The Herald, says:

' In many of Darrell's finest works you can detect the echoes and reflections of what Hoffmann is: he is the bruised heart that never quite learns to be cynical, the haphazard romantic who over-rides common-sense because it can't go wrong this time...can it? And yet, because Darrell was a realist, you will always find a bitter-sweet twist that is both psychologically and dramatically astute: yes, Hoffmann is a victim, but he continually colludes in his own unhappiness. And he doesn't seize on his chances when they come to him. He's like a lot of us, in fact - and his palpable humanity is very much a keynote for Darrell's canon.'

The adaptation of Offenbach's celebrated operatic score is by John Lanchbery and includes the famous Barcarolle: the suitably lavish period designs are by Peter Farmer.

Autumn Season 1999 Touring Information

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
282 Hope Street
G2 3QA
Box Office: 0141 332 9000

* Giselle Only *
Wednesday 29 Sept 7.15pm
Thursday 30 Sept 7.15pm
Friday 1 Oct 7.15pm
Saturday 2 Oct 2.15pm & 7.15pm

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Bishop's Road
Box Office: 01463 234234

Tuesday 5 Oct 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 Oct 7.30pm
Thursday 7 Oct 7.30pm

Tales of Hoffmann
Friday 8 Oct 7.30pm
Saturday 9 Oct 2.30pm & 7.30pm

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
Rosemount Viaduct
AB10 1QS
Box Office: 01224 641122

* Tales of Hoffmann only *
Tuesday 12 Oct 7.30pm
Wednesday 13 Oct 7.30pm
Thursday 14 Oct 7.30pm
Friday 15 Oct 7.30pm
Saturday 16 Oct 2.30pm and 7.30pm

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