Whisky and ballet? Well, at Highland Park we pride ourselves on doing things a little differently… and so do Scottish Ballet. That’s why we’re so delighted to be their official drinks sponsor for their Highlands & Islands tour of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling. This ‘Romantic Wee Ballet’ is described as ‘La Sylphide for the Trainspotting generation’.
Sir Matthew Bourne himself has often been toasted as the ‘enfant terrible’ of the ballet world whose bold and uncompromising approach to choreography and dance interpretation has set him apart from his peers – a true Viking Soul we feel, whose passion and approach to his craft mirrors ours at Highland Park. Scottish Ballet has a global reputation as a truly pioneering dance company, embracing bold, adventurous performance and consistently reinventing the boundaries of creativity. We couldn’t think of a more perfect partner for Highland Park!
This is the first time that Highland Fling will be performed on the islands of Orkney, Shetland and Lewis– no small feat with Scottish Ballet’s technical department now transforming halls and gymnasiums into theatres to give audiences the same full-scale production being enjoyed in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Highland Fling tour runs from 4th April to 3rd May with performances in Kirkwall at the Pickaquoy Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th April. Check out Scottish Ballet’s website for more information and to book tickets.
Scottish Ballet have invited us to attend some of their VIP receptions which is very exciting. We’re looking forward to meeting their guests, introducing them to Highland Park and, of course, inviting them to enjoy a dram or two. We will be offering an aptly named cocktail called ‘Highland Fling’ made with our 12 YEAR OLD as well as a taste of our 18 YEAR OLD and FULL VOLUME.
A Romantic Wee Ballet
Set (very fittingly for Highland Park) against Norwegian composer Herman Severin Lovenskjold’s dramatic 1836 score for La Sylphide, Bourne’s ballet tracks the downfall of James, a young Scot. Although recently married to the love of his life, Effie, he battles with addictions in the shape of sex, love, and rock and roll. His pursuit of gratification leads him to fall under the spell of a ‘wild, gothic fairy’ and James travel from Glasgow’s gritty streets and nightclubs to a dangerous new world.
Sir Matthew Bourne and Scottish Ballet
Knighted in the 2016 New Year Honours for his services to dance, Sir Matthew Bourne’s contribution to contemporary dance and dance theatre, and his bold interpretation of classical ballet, books and films reaches audiences across the world. Scottish Ballet first joined forces with Matthew Bourne in 2013, touring Highland Fling in Scotland, to the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, and, in 2017, to Minneapolis, USA. Alongside the work the Company produces on stage, Scottish Ballet are delivering inspirational education and outreach projects, working with local communities of all ages and abilities and sharing the tangible benefits of dance.
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