Scottish Ballet: Crystal Pite; Angelin Preljoçaj review – one great, one good

Festival theatre, Edinburgh
Pite’s Emergence works wonders with the hive mind, while Preljoçaj’s MC 14/22 visits male bodies by way of the apostles

Every ballet company in the world currently wants a work by the exciting Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Commissions for Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal are waiting in the wings, so it’s clever of Scottish Ballet to nip in with the European premiere of the first piece she made for a big company.

Emergence, created in 2009 for the National Ballet of Canada, plays with ideas of swarm intelligence, linking the natural environment to the regimented world of a ballet company – and it does so in thrillingly original ways. It opens with a duet in half-light, where a girl is swung around the stage by her partner, her arms scrabbling, hands fluttering. Her movement is simultaneously soft yet sculpted.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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