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Bewitched by Scottish Ballet

Luciana Ravizzi and Andrew Peasgood by Nisbet Wylie

Ever since watching my very first Scottish Ballet performance, I’ve been hooked. This autumn, Scottish Ballet hosts it’s newest production of The Crucible with Ten Poems. To celebrate its upcoming world tour starting at Theatre Royal Glasgow (Thu 25 – Sat 27 Sep 2014), Scottish Ballet planned a jam packed evening for a select few bloggers starting at Glasgow Film Theatre with a showing of 90s cult movie, The Craft.

Scottish Ballet dancers in rehearsals for Helen Pickett’s world premiere, The Crucible. Photo by Andy Ross

I’m ashamed to admit that I had never seen The Craft before. The movie centers around a group of four teenage girls who pursue witchcraft and use sorcery for their own gain. Before the movie started, a ten minute clip was shown giving the audience a sneak peek into the making of The Crucible. It’s always amazing to watch how a ballet production comes to life. I’m always in awe watching the dancers hard at work and this is no exception.

Based on Arthur Miller’s 1953 Tony award-winning play, The Crucible layers rich, evocative characterisations in a story of opposites robed in sexual sin, translating this incredible dramatisation of the Salem witch trials with her inimitable style of dance language. This chilling tale of innocent people destroyed by a malicious rumour will captivate you with its spellbinding sensuality and capacity to provoke and question.

The production is also twinned with an emotive recording of ten Dylan Thomas poems read by Welsh actor Richard Burton. Ten Poems builds on the melodic rhythm of the famous prose, loved as much for their musicality as for their themes of lost innocence, nostalgia for childhood, and death.

Sophie Martin in rehearsals for Helen Pickett’s world premiere, The Crucible. Photo by Andy Ross

After the enchanting movie, we walked to The Salon Bar at Blythswood Square for cocktails and antipasti platters. As I was driving, I sadly couldn’t drink one of the Pink Swan cocktails, but our lovely hostess replaced it with a delicious raspberry & elderflower Fizz. Our antipasti platters consisted of a selection of cheese, bread, cured meats and succulent king prawns. A delicious selection to pick away at while chatting about The Crucible with Miriam (Educational Officer for Scottish Ballet). She spoke with such animation about The Crucible, how the Scottish Ballet brought it to the stage and the visions of choreographer Helen Pickett.

Andrew Peasgood and Constance Devernay in rehearsals for Helen Pickett’s world premiere, The Crucible. Photo by Christina Riley

I for one cannot wait to see the latest Scottish Ballet production. Have you been to the ballet before? What is your favourite production?

Photo Credit: Photo 1 & 2 by Andy Ross. Photo 3 by Christina Riley.

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