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My Light Shines On: An Evening With Scottish Ballet

24th August 2020

The International Festival celebrates their long-standing relationship with Scottish Ballet with an expansive programme for film, including three duets from world-leading choreographers. Helen Pickett is the pioneering choreographer behind the 2019 International Festival's acclaimed The Crucible. She revives her shorter duet work Trace, alongside Resident Choreographer Sophie Laplane's Oxymore, both of which were commissioned for the 2013 International Festival. Alexander Whitley investigates the relationship between technological progress and the human capacity for forethought with Prometheus & Epimetheus, created in collaboration with Digital Artist in Residence Zachary Eastwood-Bloom.

Emerging choreographer Nicholas Shoesmith, who danced the role of John Proctor in The Crucible, presents the world premiere of Catalyst. This specially commissioned work is performed on the Festival Theatre’s empty stage in a gesture of creative resilience.

Two existing digital performances are also made available for International Festival audiences. Frontiers challenges outdated gender norms in classical ballet, created by San Francisco Ballet choreographer Myles Thatcher. Idle Eyes is an electric piece by Sophie Laplane featuring dancers from Scottish Ballet alongside the company’s Youth Exchange Programme.

As a part of My Light Shines On, the Edinburgh International Festival has commissioned some of Scotland’s major national artistic companies to create extraordinary works that audiences can enjoy from their own homes. In a tribute to the enduring spirit of our Festival City, they bring light and life to sites that must stay empty this year. These unique performances for film reflect on what it means to keep a hopeful light burning in dark times.

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