01 December 2017 to 25 March 2018

Virtuoso dance, magnificent costumes and captivating Baroque music by Vivaldi, performed live by Combattimento. In 2012, these ingredients made PEARL a box office hit that played to an almost sold-out tour. Thanks to popular demand, the baroque sensation reappeared on stage in 2013, much to the delight of audiences, and once more played to sell-out venues. Pearl is one of the most successful productions of Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Now, Ed Wubbe has created a companion piece – SCALA - the production that ballet lovers and critics have long awaited.

Wubbe designs a new concept for this musical and theatrical odyssey, which again resounds to the infinite power and beauty of Baroque music. And yet with SCALA, Wubbe goes further and deeper. Building on his experiences with the ballet opera ‘Les Fêtes Vénitiennes’ by director Robert Carsen and the jubilee spectacle TING!, in SCALA, Wubbe takes his unique theatrical dance language to new heights. Wubbe brings his singular vision to this latest work, weaving together dance, music and other disciplines in a magnificent production, re-affirming his unprecedented talent for intoxicating and enthralling audiences.

Pearl owed part of its success to the distinguished Baroque ensemble Combattimento. The chamber orchestra will also perform SCALA’S live score, playing lesser known gems from the Baroque era with indomitable energy and verve. Combattimento’s ensemble of 9 musicians is now joined by two singers.

SCALA is an operatic dance production that sparkles with vibrant choreography. Staged as a large production, SCALA will deliver an impassioned, heart-stealing experience to rival that of its predecessor, PEARL.

Castlist Scala: 21/03 - 25/03 - Theater Rotterdam


  • "Scapino Ballet Rotterdam has a hit on its hands with Pearl. Almost every performance is more or less sold out, and the production is simply exhilarating."

    Danspubliek, 11-02-2012

  • 4Star

    "The lively performance and resonant accents of the Consort musicians animate Vivaldi’s violin concertos and seem to lift the dancers’ skirts."

    de Volkskrant, Annette Embrechts, 14-02-2012


Choreography Ed Wubbe

Music Henrico Albicastro, Giovanni Battista Ferrandini, Georg Muffat, Domenico Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg FriedrichHändel
Performed live by Combattimento

Musicians Bram Kreeftmeijer - hobo, Erik Olsman - bass, Marjolein Dispa - viola, Pieter Dirksen - harpsicord, Quirine van Hoek - violin, Reijnier Reijngoud - violin, Sören Leupold - chitarrone, Wouter Mijnders - cello

Singers Kaspar Kröner - alt, Cristina Grifone - soprano / Marian Dijkhuizen - alt, Lucie Chartin - soprano

Dancers Alexander Cyr, Alexandre Jolicoeur, Bonnie Doets, Bryndis Brynjolfsdottir, Dalma Doman, Daphne van Dooren, Dario Minoia, Ellen Landa, Filip Wagrodzki, Jozefien Debaillie, Laura Casasola Fontseca, Leslie Humbert, Luigi de Stefano, Maya Roest, Mischa van Leeuwen, Reid Cuming, Ruochen Wang