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Reference number: 11304

Date: 2003

Sound: sound

Original format: VHS

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 14.21 mins

Description: A recording of Scottish Ballet performing Dangerous Liaisons at Tramway in Glasgow in the autumn of 2003. [The curtain call is silent]

'In head-on collision with Alston’s choreography, Simon Water’s music combines natural and electronic sounds. The dance follows the music very closely by picking up on the rhythmic signals in the sound. Dangerous Liaisons reflects the intensity, pace and urgency of the development of the music, focusing on the tautness and the rapid, repeated changes from one sound to another.' (STA SB 710/39)

'Dangerous Liaisons sets two brave trios of dancers on a mountaineering course of risky partnering and expertly missed collision. The six dancers ricochet off the cavernous echoes and dramatic shudders of Simon Waters’ soundworld. They claim their territory with heroic flourishes and carve a route sculpted by classical gesture. Abruptly, the six career off into another space and are gone.' (STA SB 710/37)

The Scottish Theatre Archive holds material relating to this performance including: Scottish Ballet. Autumn Season, 2003. Programme. [Call number: STA SB 710/37]

Dangerous Liaisons was first performed by Rambert Dance Company at the Gaumont Theatre, Southampton on 30 April 1985

Please note this is a copy of the raw capture of the original analogue video for preservation and as such may display defects such as dropout, washed out colour and sound fluctuation.

Credits: [Choreography: Richard Alston
Music: Simon Waters (Dangerous Liaisons)
Costume Design: Elizabeth King
Lighting: Peter Mumford
Restaged for Scottish Ballet Amanda Eyles]

Shotlist: Performance: 00.14-13.04
Curtain call: 13.08-13.40