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 Post subject: Scottish Ballet 2004-2005 Season News
PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 11:30 pm 
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Musical guru provides inspiration for Scottish Ballet

By PHIL MILLER
The Scotland Herald
July 1, 2004

Ashley Page, the ballet's acclaimed artistic director, is using two pieces of music created by Eno as the inspiration for the main show of the company's autumn season.
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By JOHN DAVIDSON
The Scotland on Sunday
July 4, 2004

It must surely help that ballet in general, and Scottish Ballet in particular, has suddenly become so incredibly sexy. Or do I mean sexed-up? "If you try to do new things," suggests Soon Ja Lee, who joined the company last year, "it tends to go in that direction."
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Greetings!

An aritcle on "Tocororo" in this past Sunday's Times Culture magazine confirms that Jose Oduardo Perez has left the Scottish Ballet, at least for a year. He had signed a contract with an Italian TV show. No details on the show, but I think it's a kind of extended talent show - if it's the one I came across when looking for informatino on the new RDB corps dancer.

I do hope he gets plenty of opportunities to guest with other companies during the year, because his presence on the live stage will be missed.

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Scottish Ballet set for Edinburgh Festival comeback
By TIM CORNWELL for The Scotsman

SCOTTISH Ballet has been in talks with the Edinburgh International Festival over returning the company to the event’s line-up for the first time in more than 15 years.

The ballet’s new manager, Cindy Sughrue, sees a Festival appearance as a key move in raising the company’s profile after its relaunch last September. Ms Sughrue said she may also approach the BBC in an bid to have the company’s Nutcracker used for its Christmas broadcast. That slot has traditionally gone to the Royal Ballet or other English companies.

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As Twilight falls, out come the spiky heels and sparky temperament

by JACKIE MCGLONE
The Scotland on Sunday

CLAIRE Robertson has just spent hours switching between a pair of stiletto heels and the satin pointe shoes that are the tools of her trade.

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In the evocatively titled Twilight, Robertson dons a pair of skyscraper heels, while in his ensemble work, Two Pieces for Het, she embarks on an emotional journey through a show of sheer physical bravura - on pointe.
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How to make a date with a dancer
Scottish Ballet is back on form and using photogenic performers to promote its new season, writes Kelly Apter for The Times


Meet Eve Mutso, “Miss April”: young, pretty, talented and the new face of a Scottish Ballet poster campaign.

Though a highly trained artist seems an unlikely calendar girl, Mutso is one of the performers being vigorously promoted by Scottish Ballet to help it win a wider audience.

Fans of the ballet can find out more than they’ll ever need to know about their favourites. Mutso’s Dancer of the Month entry on the company website (which reveals she loves potatoes, Scottish salmon and shopping for handbags) is complemented by fellow dancer Jarkko Lehmus, who reviews visiting companies for the site’s Dancers on Dance feature. Another, Diana Loosmore, who formerly worked with Kylie Minogue, has already been used for similar publicity material.

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The Soctland Sunday Herald
September 2004

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Start the day with an interview with Mary Brennan, dance critic for The Herald, and give her an update on my new piece, Nightswimming Into Day, which will premiere when we open [this week].
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Fascinating that they will stage a revised version of "Artifact", which we saw Ballett Frankfurt perform at Sadler's Wells three years ago. It's imaginative of Page not to have gone for the safety of "The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude", "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated" or "Steptext". My memory is that there is quite a lot of pointe work in "Artifact".

Overall, it sounds like a very exciting programme. Hans van Manen's "Twilight" has the woman on high heels for most of the performance and with the prepared piano making plinking sounds it's a piece not easily forgotten and I'm always keen to see it again.

Fingers crossed for the new Page ballet - he remains one of the most exciting ballet choreographers in the UK.

Must see if I can get up to Scotland to see this programme. Very best wishes to all at Scottish Ballet as they embark on their second full season under Ashley Page.

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Hi!
Popping back in again....I will be seeing the company on September 22nd here in Edinburgh before heading off to Copenhagen.

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Lucky you Kate! Looks like I will miss this one due to SF Ballet in London. I take heart that Alistair Spalding of Sadler's Wells is talking about bringing them to London.

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By Donald Hutera for The Times


SCOTTISH BALLET is in good, if not yet world-beating, shape with Ashley Page at the helm. The former Royal Ballet dancer has inaugurated his second season as artistic director with a chewy programme of four dances (touring Scotland until mid-October). Meaty one-acts by William Forsythe and Page himself are served either side of two tasty morsels from the veteran Dutch master Hans van Manen.

Page’s world premiere Nightswimming into Day proved hard to swallow in such august company. This ambitious piece for 16 dancers seemed to have been fashioned by artists for whom “less is more” is an alien concept.

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by MARY BRENNAN
The Scotland Herald

That Scottish Ballet are even tackling this – Forsythe's Suite from Artifact, two short works by Hans van Manen and a new piece from artistic director Ashley Page – signals that they're not resting on the hard-won laurels of their excellent spring.
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by KELLY APTER
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In April, the remarkable impact artistic director Ashley Page has had on Scottish Ballet was becoming increasingly evident - the dancers were technically strong, with only the odd weak link.
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In The Daily Telegraph Ismene Brown reviews the Scottish Ballet at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Ashley Page deserves acclaim for the smart and convincing modern look he has been giving to ballet north of the border. Scotland knew it couldn't handle or afford the most difficult classics, and wishy-washy folksiness hadn't sold under previous directors.

So the Scots decided they wanted modern, but not scary; spectacle, but not fairies; and a piece of the European glamour surrounding ballet. All on the cheap.

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Nocturnal creatures come out in autumn

by ELLIE CARR
The Scotland Sunday Herald

But if you truly want to marvel at the miracle Page has performed, go see Scottish wrap their newly fabulous limbs round the mind-blowing challenges of his Autumn Programme.

Looking more like Netherlands Dans Theater than little ole Scottish, the 37 dancers bristle with confidence as they stride through the night’s unashamedly modern billing.
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