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Liam Scarlett to join Queensland Ballet

Posted on November 4, 2016

Liam Scarlett

Queensland Ballet has announced that, from 2017, Liam Scarlett will join the company as artistic associate. This is in addition to Scarlett’s role as artist in residence with The Royal Ballet.

Queensland Ballet has already danced Scarlett’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, created for Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2015. He will return to Queensland Ballet in March 2017 for a triple bill that will include his No Man’s Land, created for English National Ballet’s Lest We Forget programme.

Li Cunxin, artistic director of Queensland ballet, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Liam on board as artistic associate and are looking forward to welcoming him back to Brisbane very soon.

“We first worked with Liam earlier this year on his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was a runaway success with Brisbane audiences, and we’ve been working on a plan to have him back here ever since.

“He’s in such demand throughout the world for his ballet creations so it’s a huge coup for us to have Liam as an artistic associate. This position will mean he’ll create new works on the company and we’ll also perform some of his existing productions over the years.”

Liam Scarlett said: “I really felt a special connection with Li and his dancers during Dream and that’s one of the reasons I’ve taken on this role as artistic associate. This is a ballet company with world-class dancers, big ambitions, a commitment to excellence and a desire to push the boundaries and that’s an exciting creative environment to work in. I’m humbled by the company’s belief in my work and looking forward to many new creative moments with the Queensland Ballet dancers and team.”


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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