A year of premieres for Scottish Ballet



After over a year, Scottish Ballet returned to stages with Gene Kelly’s Starstruck, which premiered as both a live tour and a feature-length dance film. The Nutcracker returned to stages in Scotland, with updates made to costumes and choreography, addressing racial stereotypes and questioning the gender of ‘hero’ characters. For Scottish Ballet 2022 will be a year like no other, with a packed programme of premieres. 

Reimagined and redesigned by Scottish Ballet, this dramatic world premiere of The Scandal at Mayerling will be the first time Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic ballet is produced in the UK outside of London. Set in 1889 it tells the true story of the Crown Prince Rudolf. In a series of intense duets with his mother, his wife, and his teenage mistress, Rudolf descends deeper into his obsession with death, and hurtles towards tragedy.

Scottish Ballet Health then presents a first major conference of its kind in Scotland, examining the connections between mental health, wellbeing and dance for young people. This immersive event - Moving Minds - will feature panel discussions, performances and workshops for those working with young people in dance, education, health and social care, mental health and policy. It will be both in-person and online.  

Image credit: photo by Andy Ross

The Crucible bewitched audiences and garnered five-star reviews when it premiered at Edinburgh International Festival in 2019. Helen Pickett’s choreography unleashes the emotional force of Arthur Miller’s riveting masterpiece, soundtracked by Peter Salem’s haunting score. This London premiere marks the production’s first performances outside Scotland, at Sadler’s Wells. 

Scottish Ballet will test the boundaries of dance, theatre and film in a distinctive new adaptation of the classic ballet Coppélia, blending location and real-time filming with projection and live performance. This innovative, darkly comic world premiere will be choreographed and directed by award-winning dance film makers duo Jess & Morgs. Building on their previous films for Scottish Ballet (Tremble, The Secret Theatre), Jess & Morgs will explore our relationship with reality and artificial intelligence, through their use of the camera.