Scottish Ballet Dance Films Celebrate International Dance Day 2021
Two world premiere Scottish Ballet dance films will mark International Dance Day this year for the company – Dive by Choreographer in Residence Sophie Laplane and Odyssey by Soloist Nicholas Shoesmith.
"I’m thrilled to have commissioned two new works, celebrating creativity and showcasing the evolving artistic language of each of our choreographers. Whilst contrasting in style, they are a wonderful achievement from our home-grown talent and I’m excited to share each with audiences this spring."
Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet
Scottish Ballet Dance Films: Dive and Odyssey
Following the success of her recent Zoom ballet Indoors and dance film Oxymore, Laplane is the first to bring her work back to the screen with her quintessentially quirky style in a new short film called Dive, directed by Oscar Sansom .
Premiering on April 29, Laplane has partnered with James Bonas (The Crucible) to create a new piece set to music by Schubert and Walter Wanderley, inspired by French artist Yves Klein and what has become the world’s most famous shade of blue.
“Dive is a new venture for me into the world of cinematography, immersing the viewer in a world of monochrome blue and the empty white space, inspired by the visionary ideas of the artist Yves Klein. From stillness, we dive into the complexity that lies beneath the surface of simplicity; drawing the viewer in to a world of infinite possibilities and the unexpected, where questions are posed but not answered.” – Sophie Laplane
Shoesmith returns to choreograph for the company after premiering his socially distanced piece Catalyst for Edinburgh International Festival’s “My Light Shines On” programme in 2020.
His new work Odyssey, directed by Ciaran Lyons, is a high-octane short film that takes viewers on a journey through a game-like landscape inhabited by otherworldly beings, where the real and virtual collide. Set to music by Craven Faults and Squarepusher, it will premiere on May 4, 2021.
“With Scottish Ballet taking great strides in pushing and developing dance films and digital content, I’m thrilled to bring our audiences on an other-worldly experience with our new film Odyssey. In collaboration with film-maker Ciaran Lyons, and inspired by the storytelling and camera work of many modern video games, we hope to plant audiences firmly in the passenger seat of our virtual escapade.” – Nicholas Shoesmith
Both films are available to watch with a free membership; details can be found on Scottish Ballet’s website.