Scottish Ballet is taking dance beyond the confines of traditional theatre, exploring the art form in a digital context with a series of events during April.
The series, Under the Skin, features three new films, including one using virtual reality technology, live streaming and a digital art installation – giving audiences around the world access to Scotland’s National Dance Company and the opportunity to see dance differently.
Viewers will be able to watch behind-the-scenes as dancers rehearse and follow in real-time the creation of a new piece of work.
“Scottish Ballet lies at the forefront of innovation in dance and our ground-breaking digital season is another step forward as we seek to advance the art form and expand our audiences around the world,” said Christopher Hampson, chief executive and artistic director.
The season is being supported by the John Ellerman Foundation: “ We were struck by the boldness of their vision to create an entire digital season, and believe the company is well placed to take its existing work in the digital sphere to the next level,” said Dorothée Irving, the foundation’s head of grants.
“We can see the potential of the approach particularly when it comes to reaching younger audiences and those who would not ordinarily engage with ballet.”
The season comprises:
What Dreams We Have
Written and directed by David Eustace, the film depicts a vision of beauty, youth and gracefulness within the brutalist space of St Peter’s Seminary.
Witness the exertion and athleticism of Scottish Ballet’s dancers up close as they refine their technique in the rehearsal studio.
A reflection on the connection that remains between our younger and older selves set to a specially commissioned poem by Jackie Kay.
The Perfect Place
A film, created in collaboration with the BBC that vividly explores the storytelling potential of 360 degree technology.
A work in a week
Enter the exciting world of choreographer James Cousins as he is challenged to create a work in a week.
An art installation, created in collaboration with Glasgow School of Art.