Scottish Ballet

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Scottish Ballet
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General information
Name Scottish Ballet
Previous names
  • Scottish Theatre Ballet
  • Western Theatre Ballet
Year founded 1957
Principal venue Tramway Arts Centre, Glasgow
Senior staff
Director Christopher Hampson

Scottish Ballet is the national ballet company of Scotland and one of the four leading ballet companies of the United Kingdom, alongside the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Founded in 1957,[1] the company is based in Glasgow, the resident ballet company at the Glasgow Theatre Royal and from 2009 in their purpose-built ballet centre in Tramway Arts Centre, Glasgow.[2]


Founded by Peter Darrell and Elizabeth West as the Western Theatre Ballet in Bristol in 1957,[1] the company moved to Glasgow in 1969 and was renamed Scottish Theatre Ballet, changing to Scottish Ballet in 1974. A year later its home theatre became the Theatre Royal, Glasgow when Scottish Opera bought it and transformed it as the first national opera house in Scotland. The Company performs across Scotland, the UK and abroad, with strong classical technique at the root of all of its work. Its broad repertory includes new versions of the classics, seminal pieces from the 20th century modern ballet canon, signature pieces by living choreographers and new commissions. As a national company, Scottish Ballet performs at theatres in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and in smaller venues throughout Scotland. The company's long history of touring internationally includes visits to China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Portugal, Ireland and the rest of the UK. Scottish Ballet's many recent awards include the 2004 TMA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in recognition of its modernisation programme and dynamic performances. Scottish Ballet's current artistic director Christopher Hampson joined the company in 2012.

Its education initiatives and classes include work with people of all ages and abilities and its Associate Programme encourages young dancers to train for a career. As part of this commitment to broadening audiences, Scottish Ballet was the first dance company in the UK to offer live audio-description for the visually impaired; it maintains a programme of regular audio-described performances today.[citation needed]


The company has a broad repertoire, encompassing classical ballet, contemporary dance and new versions of classic full-length ballets. From the work of Kevin Walls to world premières by Stephen Petronio, Scottish Ballet's repertoire covers a wide range.

Current repertoire:

  • Dangerous Liaisons (1985) by Richard Alston
  • Apollo (1928) by George Balanchine
  • Episodes (1959) by George Balanchine
  • The Four Temperaments (1946, revised 1977) by George Balanchine
  • Rubies (1967) by George Balanchine
  • Five Rückert Songs (1978) by Peter Darrel
  • White Man Sleeps (1988) by Siobhan Davies
  • Suite From Artifact (1984, as Suite from Artifact 2004) by William Forsythe
  • Twilight (1972) by Hans van Manen
  • Two Pieces for HET (1997) by Hans van Manen
  • Acrid Avid Jam (2001) by Ashley Page
  • Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1998) by Ashley Page
  • Cinderella (2005) by Ashley Page
  • Nightswimming into day (2004) by Ashley Page
  • The Nutcracker (2003) by Ashley Page
  • The Pump Room (2005) by Ashley Page
  • Refurbished Behaviour (1985, revised 2005) by Ashley Page
  • Soft Underbelly (1999) by Ashley Page
  • Walking In The Heat (1990) by Ashley Page
  • 32 Cryptograms (1996) by Ashley Page
  • MiddleSexGorge (1990) by Stephen Petronio
  • Agon (1957) by George Balanchine
  • Afternoon of a Faun (1953) by Jerome Robbins
  • In Light and Shadow (2000) by Krzysztof Pastor
  • Room of Cooks (1997) by Ashley Page
  • The Nutcracker – Diverts (2003) by Ashley Page
  • Façade (1931/1935) by Frederick Ashton
  • Sirocco (2006) by Diana Loosmore
  • Othello (1971) by Peter Darrell
  • The Sleeping Beauty (2007) by Ashley Page
  • Ride The Beast (2007) by Stephen Petronio
  • Fearful Symmetries (1994) by Ashley Page
  • For M.G. – The Movie (1991) by Trisha Brown
  • Chasing Ghosts (2007) by Diana Loosmore
  • Romeo and Juliet (2008) by Krzysztof Pastor
  • Traume (2008) by Gregory Dean
  • Lull (2008) by Diana Loosmore
  • Pennies from Heaven (2008) by Ashley Page
  • Carmen (2009) by Richard Alston
  • Workwithinwork (1998) by William Forsythe
  • Petrushka (2009) by Ian Spink
  • Scènes de Ballet (1947) by Frederick Ashton
  • Still Life (2010) by Val Caniparoli
  • From Where (2008) by Paul Liburd
  • Alice (2011) by Ashley Page
  • Song of the Earth (1965) by Kenneth MacMillan
  • New Work (2011) by Jorma Elo


In June 2009 Scottish Ballet moved to new, purpose-built premises in Glasgow's Southside, next to the Tramway Theatre,[2] which had been designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects.[3] The move to the Tramway complex was not without controversy.[4]


Principal dancers[edit]





See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Craine, Debra; Mackrell, Judith (2010). The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Oxford University Press. p. 484. ISBN 9780199563449. 
  2. ^ a b "Scottish Ballet shifts base to Tramway hub". Daily Record. 17 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-05-15. 
  3. ^ Bradbury, Dominic (1 January 2007). "A dance to the music of light". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2014-05-15. 
  4. ^ Miller, Phil (14 October 2003). "Ballet's ambitious plans for Tramway Move called hugely positive". The Herald. Archived from the original on 2014-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Scottish Ballet". Scottish Ballet. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  • Goodwin, Noël (1979). A Ballet for Scotland: the first ten years of the Scottish Ballet. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 0-903937-88-3. 
  • Smith, Graeme (2008). The Theatre Royal: Entertaining a Nation. Glasgow: Glasgow Publications. ISBN 978-0-9559420-0-6. 

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