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Scottish Ballet
©Scottish Ballet
Street address: 261 West Princes Street, Glasgow G4 9EE, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: 44 (0) 141 331 2931
Fax: 44 (0) 141 331 2629
Proprietor: Scottish Government
Contact: Ashley Page Artistic Director
Contact: Cindy Sughrue Administrative Producer
Contact: Fred Emden General Manager
Scottish Ballet is Scotland’s national dance company.
Originally founded by Peter Darrell and Elizabeth West as Western Theatre Ballet in Bristol in 1957, the Company moved to Glasgow in 1969 and was renamed Scottish Theatre Ballet, changing to Scottish Ballet in 1974.
Previously funded through the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Ballet has received its funding directly from the Scottish Government since 1 April 2007, in line with the terms of the 2006 cultural policy statement Scotland's Culture.
The company performs across Scotland, the UK and abroad, with strong classical technique at the root of all of its work. Its broad repertory includes new version of the classics, seminal pieces from the 20th-century modern ballet canon, signature pieces by living choreographers and new commissions. As a truly national company, Scottish Ballet performs at theatres in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and in smaller venues throughout Scotland. The Company’s long history of touring internationally includes visits to China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Portugal, Ireland and the rest of the UK. Scottish Ballet’s many recent awards include the 2004 TMA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in recognition of its modernisation programme and dynamic performances.
Its education initiatives and classes include work with people of all ages and abilities and its Associate Programme encourages young dancers to train for a career in the industry. As part of this commitment to broadening audiences, Scottish Ballet was the first dance company in the UK to offer live audio-description for the visually impaired; it maintains a programme of regular audio-described performances today.
In 2008 the Company will take up residence at the new Tramway complex in Glasgow, creating a ballet production and presentation facility of a scale and artistic mix unrivalled in the UK. The move to Tramway will enable Scottish Ballet to forge stronger connections to the international arts scene and help to put Scottish dance on the world map.
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Date updated: 9 January 2008
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