Oct 7.30pm. USO—£7.50. Concessions. Founded in 1951 . the Ensemble aims to promote the development of Hungarian dancing. music and choral singing. Calling on a rich and colourful tradition which includes gypsy and classical influences. internationally acclaimed choreographer Miklos Rabai and choirmaster Miklos Paszth (both Kossuth prize winners). together with Tamas [)aroczi. the

2 orchestra leader. have developed 20

full and different programmes. combining the old and the new in a wide variety of genres. The 75 strong company comes complete with four tons of costumes. A smaller orchestra accompanies the dances whilst the full orchestra is used with some of the choral works and presents its own repertoire of unique Hungarian music. Recordings of the chorus and orchestra have won the Grand Prix ofthe French Academy.


0 Glasgow Arts Centre 12 Washington Street. 221 4526. (‘heck details with venue.

Monday Ballet and Tap. (‘herylann Gilliam-Norris. ltlam. Performance Group. (‘heryl Strong. 5-7pm. Beginners 7.3(l—9pm.

Tuesday Advanced Contemporary. Cheryl Strong. 1-2.3tlpm. Wednesday Beginners‘ Contemporary. (‘heryl Strong. 1-2.3tlpm. Advanced (lass. 5.3(l—7pm.

Friday Ballet and Tap. (‘herylann Gilliam-Norris. lflam.

Saturday Ballet and Tap. (‘herylann Gilliam-Norris. 2pm.

0 Steps Out the full-time educationa unit created by the Scottish Ballet to promote dance in the community. is offering an introductory. open contemporary dance class to anyone from lo years upwards. Beginning on Wed 23 Oct. (1-7.3(lpm at 26] West Princes Street. it will be a mixed ability class. £2 per class. £1 concs. 041 331 2931.


0 New Dance Initiative Epworth Halls. Nicholson Square. 668 1901. Check details with venue.

Monday Teachers Ballet. Pat MacKenzie. Ill—11.30am. Elementary Contemporary. Lyn Denton. 6-7.3(lpm. Tai Chi Chuan Intermediate. Jim Griffin. 7.30—9pm.

Tuesday Elementary Contemporary Tamsin Grainger. 6-7.30pm. Beginners' Jazz. Neil Barber. 7.30—9pm.

Wednesday Children‘s Open Modern. Tracy Hawkes. 4—5pm. Children‘s Open Ballet. Tracy Hawkes. 5-6pm. Adult Elementarv Ballet. Tracy Hawkes. 6-7pm. ' Thursday Tai (‘hi Chuan Beginners. Jim Griffin. 7.3(i—9pm.

Friday Open Advanced Ballet. Pat MacKenzie. 1—2.3(lpm.

0 Wilkie House Guthrie Street. Check details with venue.

Saturday Elementary Contemporary. Lyn Denton. 10.30—12 noon. Elementary Jazz. Tracy Hawkes. 12 noon—1.15pm.


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Bertolt Brecht might have been one of the greatest European playwrights this century, but he was not, by any stretch of the imagination, Scottish. It may come as some surprise then to find the Scottish Theatre Company producing Galileo fortheirAutumn tour(see Kings, Edinburgh) since the company's most recent productions (The Wallace and The Thrie Estaites at the Edinburgh Festival) and even their name suggest that their concern is exclusively Scottish theatre. Not so, as the administrator, Buari McNeill explains; ‘We've had it in the back of our minds to do Galileo for about two years now. When Tom (Tom Fleming, who plays Galileo) and I first went to the company we felt we had to broaden its scope, and though nobody noticed at the time, we did so. The original policy was to present purely Scottish works, or European plays translated into Scots.


We said we wanted to present plays that are relevant to Scotland today.‘

ForTom Fleming the play is no stranger— he played Galileo twenty years ago, again with Peter Dews as director. But the play is not that often performed, and difficult to do well, with its portrayal of the great scientist trapped between the search for truth and moral responsibilty. Why did they decide to produce it?

‘Well, the very simple answer is that it's a great play and very, very relevant to our present time - being about the conflict between science, authority and humanity. It is comic too, in the true sense of the word, in that Brecht has a deep understanding of humanity— it's not a laugh a minute! But I think there's an awful lot of preconceived ideas about Brecht- people target he was always a man of the theatre, and wrote smashing parts for actors. No actor

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could play Galileo and not take the part in both hands.‘

Those who may remember one facet of the Berliner Ensemble's recent production (seen at the 1984 Edinburgh Festival) being its length may be interested to know that the STC are using the second, shorter version, worked on by Brecht with Charles Laughton who was to play the fascinating and ambivalent part of Galileo himself.

Plans are still under wraps for the production after Galileo, but it will definitely originate closer to home: ‘We are the Scottish Theatre Company and its important that we continue to do Scottish plays -— doing Galileo is not a breakaway. Of course the cast of Galileo is completely Scottish, and we think that brings an added dimension to the production the vitality and strength of Scottish acting.‘


The List 18—31 October 15