The Royal Ballet | Liam Scarlett appointed Artist in Residence

November 2, 2012

Ballet

The Royal Ballet | Liam Scarlett appointed Artist in Residence

two ballet dancers in a lift

Sarah Lamb & Johannes Stepanek in Liam Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows Photograph : ROH/Johan Persson

The Royal Ballet has, for the first time ever, appointed an Artist in Residence – dancer Liam Scarlett. By retiring from dancing during the current run of Swan Lake, and with his most recent work, Viscera, premiering this weekend, Scarlett can focus on choreography full-time.

Scarlett’s previous choreographic successes include Asphodel Meadows and Sweet Violets. He also collaborated with fellow Royal Ballet dancer Jonathan Watkins (another dancer promising huge talent) and Will Tuckett on Diana and Actaeon, during the Olympics London 2012 Festival called Metamorphosis : Titan 2012.

Scarlett said of his appointment, “it is such an honour to be made Artist in Residence. 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, 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.”

 

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