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Liam Scarlett appointed artist in residence at The Royal Ballet

Posted on November 2, 2012

liam-scarlettChoreographer Liam Scarlett (pictured) has been appointed the first ever artist in residence at The Royal Ballet. The new position will allow Scarlett, a dancer with the company, to focus solely on his choreographic work. He will take up the new role with immediate effect, making his last appearances as a dancer with the company in the current run of Swan Lake.

Scarlett joined the company in 2005, and was promoted to first artist in 2008. He started choreographing when still at The Royal Ballet School, and has created works for The Royal Ballet and companies around the world. His recent work Viscera, created for Miami City Ballet in January 2012, will have its UK premiere by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House on Saturday, November 3.

Scarlett said: “For the past 16 years, The Royal Ballet School and The Royal Ballet have been my home, and it is with immense pride that I accept this position. I have had a wonderful and fruitful dancing career and now look forward to this next venture, continuing to develop and create new work for the world’s top dancers in the most outstanding company in the world.”

Kevin O’Hare, artistic director of The Royal Ballet, said: “This is a very exciting moment both for Liam and also for The Royal Ballet. We’ve seen Liam’s choreographic talents develop since his time at The Royal Ballet School and subsequently as a member of the company with Monica Mason’s encouragement, and I’m delighted that we’re now able to offer him this opportunity to concentrate full time on his choreographic work.”

There will also be two choreographic affiliates, Mayuri Boonham and Alexander Whitley, linked to the company until 2014. Along with Robert Binet, currently choreographic apprentice to The Royal Ballet, they will make work for the Linbury Studio Theatre and contribute across the Royal Opera House, working with education and other departments.

The company is delighted to announce that, through an offer of generous financial support, it has been possible to establish a choreographic bursary for the next three years. This will encourage emerging choreographers within the company to develop their craft through exposure to a variety of experiences and projects.

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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