Current Repertoire

This year’s repertoire promises delivered exciting theatricality, technical excellence and drama choreographed by international dance industry influencers, with stunning costumes enhanced by powerful music.

Act 1 of Le Corsaire

Choreography

From the original created by Joseph Mazilier & Marius Petipa

Revised by

Christopher Marney

Ballet Central presents Act 1 from the famous ballet, Le Corsaire. Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem, The Corsair, which sold ten thousand copies on the first day of publication, this classical ballet was first performed at the Bolshoi in 1856. This is a swashbuckling, romantic tale of pirates, with infamously technical classical choreography that is typical of the exotic and ambitious ballets created during the Tsarist era.   Ballet Central’s production of Le Corsaire, like all modern versions, is derived from the revivals staged by the Ballet Master Marius Petipa for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg throughout the mid to late 19th century and revised by Christopher Marney for this performance.  Travel to a faraway land for the adventures of dashing pirates, with romance and daring, and a magical pas de deux set against a backdrop of the high seas.  This is a thrilling classical ballet, and in Ballet Central’s performance of Act 1 we join the commanding pirate Conrad who summons a vision of Medora, the heroine of the ballet, pursuing her in a magical pas de deux in the midst of a shipwreck.

jigsaw

Choreographer

Charlotte Edmonds

Music

Philip Feeney

Charlotte Edmonds, an acclaimed upcoming choreographer, has created a new dance work created to a commissioned score by Ballet Central Resident Composer Philip Feeney, especially for the tour.  Charlotte is choreographer, dancer and filmmaker, currently studying for an MA in Choreography at Central School of Ballet. At the age of 16, she received her first choreographic commission from the Yorke Dance Project and The Royal Ballet and was The Royal Ballet’s Inaugural Young Choreographer.  jigsaw, a contemporary piece, is the latest work in Charlotte’s impressive range of choreographies to date.

Act 2 of Highland Fling

Choreographer

Matthew Bourne

Staged by

Etta Murfitt and Kerry Biggin

Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed re-working of the classic romantic ballet La Sylphide, tells the story of James, a young Glaswegian, who is lured by an unearthly being, the Sylph, from the mean streets of the city into a magical world beyond.  Ballet Central will perform Act 2 for the final piece of the tour.  We find James is a forest glade and meet the Sylphides, the earthly sprites, and see how he tries to possess his Sylph. This is a gothic fable of winged fairies, romanticism and kilts, filled with wit, style, pathos, lots of magic and wicked humour.

This work is performed with the kind permission of New Adventures.

Nutcracker: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Choreography

Christopher Marney

Wardrobe Management

Jessica Cabassa

Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Filming & Post-production

Photography by ASH

Camera Op

Alexander Kingston

Join Clara as she journeys through the magical Kingdom of Sweets, meeting famous colourful characters, such as the bickering mice and the Sugar Plum Fairy, from the iconic Nutcracker tale. This new 30-minute film is a chance for audiences to get all the festive Christmas magic synonymous with the Nutcracker performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score.

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