By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian
When Ashley Page agreed to take on the ailing Scottish Ballet, he insisted that he wouldn't be running just another minor ballet troupe. Certainly, Edinburgh's first glimpse of its revamped national company showed it had changed out of recognition. Page's determination to present world-class choreography means that he has drawn his repertory equally from ballet and modern dance. His determination to sell that vision means that he has insisted on dancers who are capable of performing at extremes of the stylistic range. Even those who might not share Page's taste in choreography must acknowledge that he has hired a fabulously talented company.
The single factor uniting the programme is a highly evolved sense of form. In Richard Alston's Dangerous Liasons (1985), the choreography seems to be patterned around the intricate internal wiring of Simon Water's electronic score. click for more
***************************** Pressure tells as comeback ballet falters
By THOM DIBDIN for The Evening News (Edinburgh)
SCOTTISH Ballet returned to the stage last night with a programme of vibrant choreography that failed to live up to its promise.
It has been a long time since anyone saw anything of Scottish Ballet. In the interim, dancers have been sacked and the whole company given a complete makeover by new artistic director Ashley Page, who declared this new tour their make or break.
It was a dreadful thing to do to his dancers. The pressure on them to succeed last night showed from the word go.
In choreographic terms, Dangerous Liaisons by Richard Alston was exactly the sort of signal Page needed to make. click for more
***************************** Scottish Ballet
By Kelly Apter for The Scotsman
IT WAS one of those nights when the audience banter was almost as interesting as the show itself. After a year behind closed doors, few people knew what to expect from the revamped Scottish Ballet. Had the new artistic director, Ashley Page, implemented the proposed change of direction, moving the company over to a more modern agenda? Would the hotly tipped new recruits (over half the original dancers have been replaced) come up with the goods under the extreme pressure of a relaunch? The answer to both is a resounding yes. click for more
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