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In honour of the hugely influential Kenneth MacMillan, a choreographer who was way ahead of his time, the legendary ballerina Viviana Durante directs a programme from his enthralling earliest works.
As an artist whose association with MacMillan dates back to their time at The Royal Ballet, Durante has both danced and revived his creations.
To celebrate his legacy and to mark 25 years since his death, she selects three short ballets - House of Birds, Danses Concertantes and Laiderette, the latter staged in full.
Together, they highlight the boldness, complexity, wit and relevance of his choreography.
Performed by artists from Ballet Black and The Royal Ballet, including principals Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca Hayward and Thiago Soares, each contains a passionate pas de deux, another famous MacMillan forte.
Tearing up convention and turning staid ideas on their head, MacMillan began creating his own ballets in the 1950s.
Believing that dance had the power to explore the human condition, he made pieces with a 'real world of feeling', drawing on potent storytelling and an emotional quality that invited audiences to become caught up in the fate of his characters.
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Performance days & times
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Students are entitled to half-price tickets in advance for all Wednesday evenings. Proof of eligibility required on collection.
Half-price tickets for under 16s. Up to four tickets per event and per booker only. Proof of age required on collection.
Thiago Soares - House of Birds and Laiderette
Lauren Cuthbertson - House of Birds
Meaghan Grace Hinkis - House of Birds
Francesca Hayward - Laiderette
Akane Takada, José Alves, Benjamin Ella - Danses Concertantes
Ballet Black with dancers from Scottish Ballet
Director: Viviana Durante
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Production: Viviana Durante Company