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Edinburgh International Festival Launches 2022 Program | Ballet News | Direct from the Stage


Scottish Ballet principal dancer Jerome Anthony Barnes carries the flag for the Edinburgh International Festival 2022, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

From August 5 to 28, 2022, Edinburgh International Festival celebrates its 75th anniversarye anniversary and 75 years of bringing together world cultures, with a program defined by international partnerships and bold collaborations that cross continents, generations, and genres. Back in Edinburgh's theaters and concert halls on a scale never before seen since 2019, 14 sites host 87 events and more 160 performancesfrom above 2,300 artists - once again making Edinburgh a global celebration of world-class music, opera, dance and theater. This year is also Fergus Linehan's last as Festival Director before Nicola Benedetti takes over in October 2022.

The 2022 International Festival is also piloting a number of artistic residencies as part of an ongoing effort to make the event more sustainable by reducing the amount of travel required.

The world premiere of Scottish Balletit is Coppéliareinvented for the digital age by British choreographers Jess and Morgs with a mix of location and real-time filming, projection and live performance. Delibes' original score is reinvented in a new composition by Mikaël Karlsson and Michael P. Atkinsonperformed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

As part of the International Festival's ongoing commitment to accessibility, the 2022 program includes audio-described, subtitled and British Sign Language interpreted performances, tactile tours, casual performances and free classical music tickets for more than 250 young people.

Backed by a global investment brand abrdnThe International Festival's digital program, At Home, will feature behind-the-scenes interviews, exclusive music sessions and filmed performances in iconic Edinburgh locations. Full details will be announced over the summer.

Internationally renowned choreographer Akram Khan returns to the Festival with The Jungle Book Reinventeda magical dance retelling of Kipling's family classic that reinvents Mowgli's journey through the eyes of a climate refugee. The Jungle Book Reinvented brings together a creative team from all over the world, with a scenario of Tarik Jordandramaturgy by Sharon Clark and original score by Jocelyne Pook.

Choreographer Kyle Abrahamthe last feature film of, A love without a titlereceives its British premiere at the International Festival. A love without a title is inspired by Grammy Award-winning D'Angelos rich catalog of R&B and soul music that captivated young Abraham during his college years. This new work pays homage to the complexities of self-love and black love in the form of an unforgettable party, told with Abraham's trademark poetic clarity.

General reservations for the International Festival 2022 open on Friday, April 8.

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