Opportunity to see ballet company ‘Up Close’

Scottish Ballet will perform at Dundee Rep on October 31 and November 1 as part of its 'Up Close' tour.
Scottish Ballet will perform at Dundee Rep on October 31 and November 1 as part of its 'Up Close' tour.

Fans of classical and contemporary dance will be able to see Scotland’s national dance company up close this month when Scottish Ballet visits Dundee.

Appearing at Dundee Rep on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1, the dancers will show off their range in six short pieces.

The company’s latest tour, ‘Up Close’, takes it to smaller, more intimate venues across the length and breadth of Scotland.

At times deliciously sensual, then high-energy and vibrant, this special programme spans the full spectrum of ballet from classical pointe work to contemporary dance. It features work created at the heart of Scottish Ballet exclusively by and for the company, as well as original pieces by hot British choreographers James Cousins and Martin Lawrance, and the richly lyrical choreography of California’s Helen Pickett.

The performance is completed in spectacular style with a witty romp from Scotland’s most famous father-of-dance, Kenneth MacMillan – one of the most influential choreographers of his generation.

Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet artistic director: “With ‘Up Close’, we present a collage of vibrant works beginning with six short, contrasting dances from today’s hottest names in choreography

“The second half of the programme is Kenneth MacMillan’s raucous ‘Elite Syncopations’ – a fun, witty piece inspired by the social dances of the 1920s including the Charleston and Cakewalk, and with stylistic influences including the silent movie routines of Chaplin and Harold Lloyd – it’s a real carnival of colour.”

Inspired by the social dances of the 1920s, ‘Elite Syncopations’ is an irresistible cavalcade of colourful characters with psychedelic body-skimming costumes and vibrant ragtime music.

MacMillan’s dazzling characterisations are both witty and touching as the dancers flirt, dance and vie with each other for the limelight in this uplifting ballet from one of the most innovative choreographers of the 20th century.

The work will also feature as the focus for one of the company’s Silver Swans workshops which will be held at the Dundee International Sports Centre on Friday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This popular, fun workshop for those aged over 50 will deal with MacMillan’s smart and sassy romp set to a series of popular ragtime tunes, and aims to inspire and entertain newcomers and more experienced dancers alike.

Both performances start at 7.30 p.m. and booking information can be found on the theatre’s website at www.dundeerep.co.uk or by calling 01382 223530.