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Scottish Ballet Spring Season

Double Bill - Carmen and Cheating, Lying, Stealing

Touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness

Scottish Ballet will be moving to new headquarters in 2009 at Tramway, one of the Scottish Arts Council Foundation funded organisations.

Scottish Ballet is bringing a highly-charged double bill to theatres across Scotland in April.

Richard Alston's Carmen tells the story of a wild gypsy girl who is tempestuous, sexual and defiant - characteristics shared with the central female role in Ashley Page's Cheating, Lying, Stealing, the second part of the evening.

Scottish Ballet in rehearsal for 'Carmen': Photo: Andrew Ross

Chief Executive/Executive Producer Cindy Sughrue says:

"The Spring Season marks the beginning of a very significant period in Scottish Ballet's history in which we are looking forward to taking up residence in our new headquarters at the Tramway International Arts Centre in Glasgow and what this will help us to achieve.

As we continue to develop our repertoire, we also look forward to creating opportunities to engage with new audiences, as well as building upon existing relationships, and therefore, it is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that this brand new production of Carmen will be touring with us to China in May."

Martina Forioso as Carmen; Photo: Merlin Hendy

About the Choreographer of Carmen, Richard Alston

Richard Alston, one of Britain's most highly respected choreographers, won the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the 2008 Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. Carmen will continue his creative relationship with Scottish Ballet, which began in 1972 when he choreographed a
piece called Balkan Sobranie for founding artistic director Peter Darrell. Coincidentally, this earlier
work was named after the luxury tobacco and cigarette brand; thus it is a twist of fate that Carmen is
based on the world's most famous cigarette girl!

Cheating, Lying, Stealing

Choreographed by Ashley Page in 1998, Cheating, Lying, Stealing is inspired by a range of cultural influences. Page explains, "There is a story at the centre of the piece about a couple who are coming to the end of a stormy affair, but there are also themes of alienation, transience and loneliness running through the work. Powered by the driving asymetric rhythms of the score (by American composers Michael Gordon and David lang), it is also about dancing, examining the tension running between control and freedom in pure movement."

Page is renowned for his collaborations with important composers and visual artists, and the hybrid dance language that has evolved from this is apparent in Cheating, Lying, Stealing.

The Tour

Carmen and Cheating Lying, Stealing will be touring in April and May to the following venues across the country:

  • Theatre Royal, Glasgow
  • Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
  • His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
  • Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

For further details, visit the Scottish Ballet website.

Scottish Ballet in rehearsal for 'Carmen'; Photo: Andrew Ross

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