Reviews of Scottish Ballet.
Scottish Ballet's appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival are big occasions: they are both at home and on an international stage. This year, they unveiled a world premiere and their first performances of one of Kenneth MacMillan's best-loved works. The dancers rose triumphantly to these challenges.
The new Kings 2 Ends is Jorma Elo's first work for a British company. Born in Finland, Elo danced with Netherlands Dans Theater before building a career as a choreographer. Kings 2 Ends has hints of Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe.....
Artistic director Ashley Page leaves Scottish Ballet next year after a decade in charge. Over that period, he has transformed them into a dynamic, forward-looking company. And his cleverness in programming is revealed by this smart double bill, premiered as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, which sets a new commission by Jorma Elo alongside Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful Song of the Earth.
Elo, Boston Ballet’s resident choreographer, is little known in Britain. On the basis of Kings 2 Ends, he has a sleek, attractive and quite distinctive style, which noodles around the edges of both classical and contemporary techniques.