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It was known as the isles at the end of the world. In 2007 St Kilda, the lonely archipelago whose last inhabitants were evacuated in 1930, became the focal point of a new £1m opera which united five European countries.
On June 22 and 23 2007, St Kilda, A European Opera, was performed simultaneously in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and in Studio Alba, in Stornoway. Then in 2009 at the Edinburgh International Festival.
The opera, which features music by Jean-Paul Dessy and David Graham and live and recorded footage from the islands, including spectacular film of dancers gyrating on ropes suspended from its famous high cliffs, received significant funding from the European Commission and the Scottish Executive.
Coordinated and Produced by Malcolm Maclean of Proiseact nan Ealan - Gaelic Arts Stornaway www.gaelic-arts.com and coordinated by Marisa Macdonald, Joan Stewart and Moira Maclean.
The cliff dancing is performed by the French aerial ballet group Retouramont (www.retouramont.com) led and directed by Genevieve Mazin and rigged by Nicolas Lochu. The spectacular Screaming Geo cliffs on the north west coast of the Isles Of Lewis, Scotland were used as the spectacular stage for the amazing dancing.
The five short films were used as a backdrop for the opera and were filmed, directed and edited by Keith Partridge. Safety and Rigging by Brian Hall, Dave Cuthbertson and Donald Macaulay.
- Fire Bird - 2.05 minutes
- Community - 5.24 minutes
- Duet - 6.47 minutes
- Split - 0.40 minutes
- Death Dance - 4.45 Minutes