Scottish Ballet’s founding Artistic Director commemorated
BBC Scotland will be showing a special ArtWorks documentary to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Scottish Ballet founding Artistic Director Peter Darrell’s death on BBC Two Scotland, Tuesday 4 December.
Scottish Ballet dancers Claire Robertson and Owen Thorne rehearse and perform a section of Darrell’s Cheri exclusively for this documentary.
Peter Darrell – Scotland’s Dance Pioneer (a Taylored Production for BBC Scotland)
Tuesday 4 December
BBC Two Scotland, 10 pm
Twenty five years on from his death, ArtWorks Scotland marks the largely unacknowledged legacy of the founder of Scottish Ballet, Peter Darrell. Darrell was a true innovator – the first choreographer to set dance to the music of The Beatles and one of the first to create a ballet specially for British television – and the man who discovered Michael Clark and inspired Matthew Bourne, who both pay tribute to him in this film.
Michael Clark – who became a child dancer in Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker, when he was only 11 – says: “I wouldn’t be here today, doing what I do if it wasn’t for him.”
Made by Taylored Productions, this ArtWorks features a pas de deux from Darrell’s ballet Cheri, specially restaged for the programme, and a commitment from Scottish Ballet’s new Artistic Director Christopher Hampson to look at reviving more of Darrell’s work for a modern audience.