Van Cleef & Arpels
Prize for Ballet 2021

Coppélia in the digital age

United Kingdom
Edinburgh International Festival

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Edinburgh International Festival will present Scottish Ballet’s retelling of the ballet, Coppélia, a distinctive new full-length ballet presented through a hybrid of digital and live experience, merging location filming with projection and live theatre performance.

About the Project

This presentation of Coppélia is a deliciously dark comedy of mischief and mistaken identity, reinvented for the digital age.

What happens when you fall in love with a machine? How can we compete with the perfection of the unreal? What if the technology we create and obsess over takes on a life of its own? What does it mean to be human in a world of artificial intelligence?

Scottish Ballet will test the boundaries of dance, theatre and film in this distinctive new adaptation of the classic ballet, blending location and real-time filming with projection and live performance.

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This innovative new production will be choreographed and directed by UK-based duo Jess & Morgs. Building on their previous films for Scottish Ballet (Tremble, The Secret Theatre), Jess & Morgs will explore our relationship with reality through their playful use of the camera, creating a unique experience for a live theatre audience.

The original Delibes score will have a new arrangement, performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Coppélia has been commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and will have its world premiere in 2022, followed by a national tour.

Why should you support us?

2022 will mark the 75th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival and this significant milestone is the perfect platform to premiere an exciting and innovative new work from Scottish Ballet as the Festival comes back to full strength following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We want to reach more people to share in this innovative and stunning new production by offering touch tours and audio description of this ballet. Touch tours allow blind and partially sighted members of the audience to familiarise themselves with the design of the space, costumes and props ahead of the show.

By making a donation, your support can help bring this ballet to life for all our audience members, thank you. 

Who are we?

Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple, known as Jess & Morgs, are award winning dance film makers. Their work has been featured on Channel 4, BBC iPlayer, Canal+ TV, at TATE Liverpool and Sadler’s Wells. Commissions include: Channel 4 - Random Acts, English National Ballet, and Scottish Ballet.

Curing Albrecht has won 7 awards to date including: Best Dance Film at New Renaissance Film Festival (UK) and Best Director at Portland Dance Film Festival (USA). Their short film TREMBLE for Scottish Ballet won the short form award at the prestigious Celtic Media Festival, 2020 and their latest short Cinderella Games won the Grand Prize for best musical at this year's, Oscar qualifying, Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Their films are ambitious, full of high-octane choreography designed specifically for the camera and feature large casts shot on spectacular locations. Their work draws on surrealist imagery and humour, crossing art forms and genres which hold broad appeal for a wide range of audiences today.

Jeff James is a theatre director, writer and dramaturg. Originally from Leeds, he is now based in London. He has directed plays at the Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and the Yard. His writing includes an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (with James Yeatman) and Stink Foot, a new version of Philoctetes by Sophocles.

Christopher Hampson joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in 2012,and was appointed CEO/Artistic Director in 2015. Since Christopher joined Scottish Ballet, the company has performed across the world including at the Kennedy Center, the Royal Opera House and the Maryinsky Theatre. He has brought some of the most sought-after dance creators to work with Scottish Ballet, including Crystal Pite, David Dawson, Javier de Frutos, Helen Pickett and Matthew Bourne, while developing in-house talent through choreographic initiatives. In 2017, he curated the world’s first Digital Season for Scottish Ballet – a new programme of dance to be experienced through digital platforms. 

Fergus Linehan is Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, a world-leading performing arts festival serving an international audience of over 400,000 every August. For more than three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital hosts an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and becomes an annual meeting point for people of all nations. 

Beginning his tenure in 2015, Fergus’ first five seasons at the International Festival have achieved popular and critical acclaim featuring new commissions by directors Robert Lepage, Simon McBurney and Ivo van Hove, choreographers Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Akram Khan, performances by Cecilia Bartoli, Mitsuko Uchida and Daniil Trifonov and work by Scottish companies including Scottish Opera, National Theatre of Scotland and the Citizen’s Theatre. He has also expanded the reach of the festival through a new strand of contemporary music performed at Leith Theatre and You Are Here, a programme of impactful responses to the worlds pressing social, political and environmental issues. 

L to R Morgann Runacre-Temple and Jessica Wright aka Jess and Morgs. Credit Thomas Stroppel (3)

Jessica Wright / Morgann Runacre-Temple


Jeff James

Jeff James


Christopher Hampson

Christopher Hampson

Artistic Director

Fergus Linehan

Fergus Linehan

Festival Director


Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet

United Kingdom


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