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Join us for an exhilarating and physical performance by Scottish Ballet to Stravinsky's most famous score

AR2 0378Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison bring Hampson's choreography to life. Photograph: Andy Ross

Spending more nights at home this winter? Don't worry. We're bringing the theatre directly to you.

Intense and visceral, Scottish Ballet presents Christopher Hampson’s The Rite of Spring 100 years after the original production revolutionised the world of dance and music.

Set to Stravinsky’s exhilarating score, performed by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra, Hampson uses three dancers to reinvent the now infamous story of remorseless human sacrifice with brutal physicality and primal energy.

This challenging work examines themes of violence, obedience and domination. It is in turns delicate, aggressive, rhythmic and dissonant, and uses a big orchestra to full effect. "It's very different to any other ballet I've ever performed" says Christopher Harrison, Principal Dancer with Scottish Ballet. "It's very physical and very violent."

Igor Stravinsky originally wrote The Rite of Spring for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. It caused a sensation when it was first performed in 1913, as it was unlike anything ballet audiences had heard before. It is now considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

The Rite of Spring amassed five star reviews at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2013 and again in September 2017. You can watch the powerful performance here on demand here until 17 March at 23:59 (GMT).

"It's very different to any other ballet I've ever performed"

Take quick look behind the scenes of The Rite of Spring in Scottish Ballet's video.


At a glance:


What can I watch?

The Rite of Spring, performed by Scottish Ballet and choreographed by Christopher Hampson


From 19 January at 14:00 (GMT) to 17 March at 23:59 (GMT)


Watch the performance here.

We'll also be showing a preview of The Rite of Spring on our Facebook page on 19 January at 12.30pm

What's it about?

Part 1 – Then

In a place sheltered from the outside world, two brothers (one older, one younger) are immersed in their own thoughts and strong beliefs. They perform their daily rituals. The brothers’ world is disrupted by the arrival of a woman, Faith.

Part 2 – Now

In a place cut-off from the outside world the younger brother is imprisoned and dominated by the intense beliefs of his older brother. The younger brother is presented with an escape in the form of a woman, Death.


Find out more:


Find out what the press and audiences are saying about Scottish Ballet

Catch raw footage of The Rite of Spring in rehearsal

Learn a some interesting facts about Stravinsky

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