Posted on March 7, 2012
Choreographer Fleur Darkin has been appointed artistic director of Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company, based at Dundee Rep Theatre. Starting this autumn, Darkin replaces Janet Smith, who has taken up the post of principal at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Darkin, who founded her own company in 2003, has created works for stage, screen and other forms. Her most recent work, The Blake Diptych, won the Jardin D’Europe commission. Darkin’s DisGo, which puts dancers and audience together on a shared stage, is currently touring Europe. She is a former associate artist of the Bristol Old Vic, and has worked at Laban, the Royal Opera House, Junges Hundes in Germany, P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium and Theatre Mono in Lebanon. In Scotland, Darkin has collaborated on works with Grid Iron, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse and Dundee Rep.
Fleur Darkin said: “I am delighted to be joining Scottish Dance Theatre at this unique moment for Dundee and Scotland. The opportunity to develop the potential of this globally celebrated dance company fills me with inspiration. SDT is a cultural leader, and its unique relationship to Dundee Rep is a tremendous breeding ground for collaborative practice and innovation. There is no other organisation like this in the UK! I am passionate about virtuosity and the power of dance to engage and liberate audiences. I look forward to broadening the possibilities of what an internationally touring dance rep company can be. Working with the exceptional SDT dancers, we will pioneer a dance inquiry that leads us into a new artistic era. I look forward to collaborating with artists from everywhere as we push the national dance agenda forward and create a space for artistic excellence – that can inspire Scotland and the world.”
Peter Inglis, the chairman of Dundee Rep Theatre, said: “After a competitive, international search process by the board of Dundee Rep Theatre and external advisors, including a representative from Creative Scotland, I am confident that Fleur will bring a fresh, exciting and ambitious vision to the already groundbreaking and award-winning contemporary dance company. I believe that with Fleur’s vast experience, knowledge and celebrated choreography we have firmly positioned Scottish Dance Theatre in the best possible place to continue delivering high quality contemporary dance to Dundee, Scotland and beyond.”
Picture: Scottish Dance Theatre in Pavlova’s Dogs, choreographed by Rachel de la Nieta. Photograph: Andrew Ross