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Name  Scottish Ballet
Year founded  1957
Previous names  Scottish Theatre Ballet Western Theatre Ballet
Founders  Peter Darrell Elizabeth West
Principal venue  Tramway Arts Centre, Glasgow
Website  www.scottishballet.co.uk

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, 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.



Founded by Peter Darrell and Elizabeth West as the Western Theatre Ballet in Bristol in 1957, 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.

Scottish Ballet is Scotland's national dance company. Its primary aim is to provide programmes of world-class dance performance and educational activity at all scales. Scottish Ballet presents a wide range of dance to audiences across Scotland, the UK and abroad – and employs 36 professional dancers, 41 staff and a part-time freelance orchestra of up to 70 musicians.

The Company provides dance classes and a variety of education initiatives, including work with children and adults of all ages and abilities, and the Associate Programme which encourages aspiring young dancers to train for a career in the industry. Scottish Ballet also has close links with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, partnering the BA Modern Ballet and M.Mus (Pianist for Dance) degree courses.

Scottish Ballet was the first dance company in Europe to offer live audio description for the visually impaired, and maintains a programme of regular audio described performances throughout Scotland.


Scottish Ballet presents a broad repertoire, ranging from new versions of the classics (The Nutcracker, Cinderella), 20th century modern ballet repertoire (work by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton), work by living choreographers (William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Siobhan Davies) and new commissions (David Dawson, Helen Pickett, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa).

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
  • Headquarters

    In June 2009 Scottish Ballet moved to new, purpose-built premises in Glasgow's Southside, next to the Tramway Theatre, which had been designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects.

  • Sophie Martin
  • Constance Devernay
  • Bethany Kingsley-Garner
  • Christopher Harrison
  • Victor Zarallo
  • Andrew Peasgood
  • Nicholas Shoesmith
  • Jamiel Laurence
  • Marge Hendrick
  • Luke Schaufuss
  • Araminta Wraith
  • Laura Joffre
  • Sophie Laplane
  • Claire Souet
  • Madeline Squire
  • Thomas Edwards
  • Evan Loudon
  • Rimbaud Patron
  • Constant Vigier
  • Aisling Brangan
  • Grace Horler
  • Roseanna Leney
  • Daniela Oddi
  • Clarissa Pace
  • Melissa Parsons
  • Grace Paulley
  • Kayla-Maree Tarantolo
  • Mia Thompson
  • Javier Andreu
  • Matthew Broadbent
  • Henry Dowden
  • Pascal Johnson
  • Jamie Reid
  • Barnaby Rook Bishop
  • Simon Shilgen
  • Eado Turgeman
  • References

    Scottish Ballet Wikipedia

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