SCOTTISH Ballet is to unveil the world’s first “digital” dance programme as part of its “ambitious” plans for 2017, it has been announced.

The company will also perform in New York, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Berkeley, California, and debut a world premiere.

Artistic director Christopher Hampson said: “The diversity of the repertoire presented in our upcoming 2017-18 season is testament to the creative vitality that lies at the heart of Scottish Ballet.”

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The inaugural digital season – said to be the first time a ballet company has curated a month-long programme of projects made for the format – aims to explore “a new way to present dance” and features “pioneering” projects.

Meanwhile, a new work will be unveiled at the Tramway in Glasgow in April. Created by Dutch-Israeli choreographic partnership Ivgi & Greben, the company says it will “push Scottish Ballet into new realms of movement and theatre”.

The 25th anniversary of the death of Scots choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan will be marked with a recreation of his early work Le Baiser de la Fee at locations around the country. Given only one revival since its creation in 1960, the piece will be performed together with the company’s own version of The Rite of Spring next October and November.

Dancers will also take Matthew Bourne’s “romantic wee ballet” Highland Fling to Minneapolis in the spring, perform A Streetcar Named Desire in California and, in the company’s New York debut, deliver a “sharp-eyed snapshot” of its versatility with three US-linked pieces. A double-bill shown at the Edinburgh International Festival last year will also be performed in London.

Hampson said: “I am excited to share a world first, an entirely digital season of dance, taking place in spring 2017. This ground-breaking inaugural digital season will explore where dance lives in a digital world through a series of innovative creative projects.”“I am proud to present our award-winning productions internationally alongside works created by some of the world’s greatest dance makers.”

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