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Edinburgh arts fest sets slate

EDINBURGH, Scotland (Reuters) — An ancient Greek play performed in Russian at an ice rink and a drama acted out by 300 silent characters will be among offerings in the most ambitious, costly Edinburgh Intl. Festival in years.

Fest director Brian McMaster on Tuesday unveiled the slate for the three-week arts festival, beginning Aug. 14.

Dance highlights are the third consecutive season by the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Miami City Ballet with two works by George Balanchine.

Music includes Pierre Boulez, conducting the British premiere of his latest work, and the Australian Opera, performing Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

This year’s festival cost about $ 6.7 million to assemble. McMaster has managed to get more than $ 1.5 million in sponsorship.

Much of the increased cost is for drama, including Peter Stein’s mammoth 7 1/ 2-hour staging of Aeschylus’ “Oresteia,” designed for Moscow’s Army Theater.

Meadowbank Sports Stadium, built for the Commonwealth Games, is being used for the world premiere of Robert Lepage’s view of Hiroshima, “The Seven Streams of the River Ota.”

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