This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer

The Fairy's Kiss

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale The Ice Maiden, The Fairy's Kiss (Le Baiser de la Fée) tells the story of a boy cursed with a kiss, destined for immortality.

The Fairy’s Kiss was originally created in 1960 and has had only one revival since. While its choreographer, Sir Kenneth MacMillan rarely created fairytale ballets, it was the richness and complexity of Stravinsky's score that lured him in.

Scottish Ballet brought new life to the production to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of MacMillan. The full Scottish Ballet Orchestra came together to lift this score off the pages.

It amassed five-star reviews during its recent national tour, and was the only revival production presented as part of the National MacMillan Celebration at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in October 2017.

The Lullaby in the Storm: A mother with her child struggles through the storm. The Fairy with her attendants appears and pursues her. The Fairy separates the mother from her child. Passing villagers find the body of the mother, now dead, and guided by the Fairy, they find the child. The Fairy kisses him on the forehead. The villagers become frightened and taking the child with them, they run away.

A Village Fête: The villagers gather for the fête. The child, now a young man, appears with his fiancée. A gypsy endeavours to tell the fortune of the young man and during the fortune telling the fiancée leaves with the villagers; left alone the young man discovers that the gypsy is the Fairy in disguise. She subjects him to her will, and promises him great happiness. Captivated, the young man is led to his fiancée.

At the Mill: Guided by the Fairy, the young man arrives at the mill, where he finds his fiancée playing games among her friends. The fairy disappears. They all dance. The Fairy appears again, and the young man is confused. The fiancée leaves with her friends and the young man is once more left alone. The Fairy reappears and the young man mistakes her for his fiancée. Suddenly the Fairy throws off her cloak and, dumbfounded, the young man realises his mistake. He is defenceless before the supernatural power of the Fairy. His resistance overcome, she holds him in her power. She kisses him.

The Lullaby of the Land Beyond Time and Place: The fiancée, lonely and sad, looks in vain for her lost love. The young man, now completely submissive to the power of the Fairy, is taken to the Land Beyond Time and Place; to live there eternally, marked by the kiss of the Fairy.

Release date:

49 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
ChoreographerSir Kenneth MacMillan
MusicIgor Stravinsky
Production DesignerGary Harris
LightingSimon Bennison

The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring

Scottish Ballet’s intense and visceral production set to Stravinsky’s exhilarating score.

Related Links