In the run-up to this year’s Scottish Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty, the Edinburgh Blog was invited to a sneak preview at their Glasgow headquarters. After the initial (and surprising) indoor fireworks and special effects, Claire Robertson, one of the principal dancers, answered various questions ranging from the mechanics of ballet to her superstitions. The best part of the afternoon was watching the dancers being taken through their paces by Paul Tyers (Deputy Artistic Director) and Amanda Eyles (Ballet Mistress). Having only experienced a ballet production from a theatre seat, it was fascinating to see the dancers rehearse and warm up only inches away. It was also a first hand demonstration of the incredible hard work that goes into a production like The Sleeping Beauty.
Early next year Scottish Ballet will start the move to their new headquarters at Glasgow’s Tramway. This is a purpose built venue and will give improved facilities for all. For the first time, the full company will be able to rehearse together and use actual sets and props. Considering they currently rehearse in an old Army Drill hall it’s understandable everyone is excited by this move!
This run of The Sleeping Beauty kicks off in Glasgow on 6th December and will be in Edinburgh from 7th to 10th January next year. As The Edinburgh Blog’s previous review shows a night at The Edinburgh Festival Theatre watching The Sleeping Beauty is a great way to start the new year.
Book tickets for the Edinburgh showing online or by phoning 0131 529 6000.