English choreographer Liam Scarlett trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with The Royal Ballet, retiring as a dancer in 2012 to focus on his choreographic career. That year he was appointed The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence. His works for The Royal Ballet include Despite and Vayamos al Diablo (2006), Consolations and Liebestraum (2009 – nominated for a Critics’ Circle Award), Asphodel Meadows (2010 – nominated for a South Bank Award and an Olivier Award, and winner of a Critics’ Circle Award), Sweet Violets, ‘Diana and Actaeon’ from Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 (2012), Hansel and Gretel (2013) and the Jubilee pas de deux in celebration of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to create a new work, The Age of Anxiety.
Scarlett was born in Ipswich and trained at the Linda Shipton School of Dancing before joining The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. While at the School he won both the Kenneth MacMillan and Ursula Moreton Choreographic Awards, and was the first recipient of the De Valois Trust Fund Choreographers’ Award. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2005, promoted to First Artist in 2008. His repertory as a dancer included Peter Rabbit (Tales of Beatrix Potter), Vicar/The March Hare (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) and roles in Swan Lake, The Prince of the Pagodas, La Fille mal gardée.
Scarlett's works for other companies include Hinterland (2007) and Indigo Children (2008) for Ballet Black, Gargoyles for New York City Ballet (2009), Viscera (2012) and Euphotic (2013) for Miami City Ballet (also designed by Scarlett), Promenade Sentimentale for K-Ballet (2013), Serpent for BalletBoyz: The Talent (2013) and No Man's Land for English National Ballet (2014).
News and features
30 April 2014
The artist's fascination with a 1907 murder has fuelled a variety of conspiracy theories.
2 August 2013
Royal Ballet Principals are the focus of 'hybrid documentary' film with specially created choreography by Liam Scarlett.
25 July 2013
Helen Webb, who this Season supported our New Works Ballet Syndicate, on demanding set designs, intricate costumes and creating new characters.
16 May 2013
The choreographer discusses his vision for his latest work and offers us a glimpse into the rehearsals.
3 November 2012
ROH Insights: The new Royal Ballet Artist in Residence creates a visceral feast.
2 November 2012
Position will allow First Artist to focus solely on choreographic work.
Liam Scarlett in rehearsal with Leticia Stock and Nehemiah Kish for Viscera © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2012
Laura Morera and Liam Scarlett in rehearsal for Sweet Violets © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
Liam Scarlett © ROH 2011
Liam Scarlett and Emma Maguire in the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Act III © ROH 2011