Dance preview: Scottish Ballet:
Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling
@ Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Published by Metro

22-25 May 2013, 7.30pm (Matinees Thu 23 & Sat 25 2pm), £12.50-£42.50, Tel: 0131 529 6000 www.edtheatres.com

Matthew Bourne is to contemporary dance what Steven Spielberg is to film, what Lionel Messi is to football, or what Ben Fogle is to being Ben Fogle.

The multi-award-winning choreographer has changed the landscape of a traditionally elitist art form – capturing the imagination of a mainstream audience with a collection of enchanting and accessible pieces, including Mary Poppins, Edward Scissorhands and Swan Lake.

This run of Highland Fling, originally produced in 1994, marks the first time Bourne has allowed a company other than his own to perform one of his full-length works. And it’s fitting that Scottish Ballet be permitted to take on this particular gem, given its Glasgow setting.

A wonderfully imaginative twist on La Sylphide, one of the world’s oldest romantic ballets, Highland Fling follows the antics of James – a young Scot with sex, love and rock n roll on his mind.

Recently married to his beloved Effie, James’s addiction to excess finds him in the presence of a beguiling gothic fairy, his love for whom becomes a dangerous obsession. As he embarks on a fateful journey through Glasgow’s meanest streets and nightclubs, James is led into a magical world beyond reality and reason.

Scottish Ballet continues to break new ground by introducing innovative modern works alongside its vast classical repertoire, and this bedazzling show perfectly complements Edinburgh’s own beauty and elegance.


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