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Liam Scarlett

Biography

Liam Scarlett was made The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence in November 2012. With the appointment Scarlett left his position as a First Artist with the Company in order to focus solely on choreography. He is fast becoming a world-renowned choreographer, with acclaimed works created for The Royal Ballet and other leading international companies.

Born in Ipswich, Scarlett trained at the Linda Shipton School of Dancing and then The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools, where his choreographic talent soon became evident; he won both the Kenneth MacMillan and Ursula Moreton Choreographic Awards, and was the first recipient of the De Valois Trust Fund Choreographers’ Award. On graduating, he joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist in 2005 and was promoted to First Artist in 2008. Scarlett’s 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), and Hansel and Gretel (2013). He has created many pas de deux and gala pieces for worldwide performance.

Creations 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 (which also feature his designs), Promenade Sentimentale for K-Ballet (2013), Serpent for BalletBoyz: The Talent (2013) and No Man's Land for English National Ballet (2014).

Upcoming productions

  • Sweet Violets

    Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.

    credited with Choreography

  • The Age of Anxiety

    Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett creates a new narrative ballet for the Company.

    credited with Choreography

Videos

News and features

  1. Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez to star in upcoming film

    Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez to star in upcoming film

    Royal Ballet Principals are the focus of 'hybrid documentary' film with specially created choreography by Liam Scarlett.

  2. Supporter's Tale: Following the birth of a ballet

    Supporter's Tale: Following the birth of a ballet

    Helen Webb, who this Season supported our New Works Ballet Syndicate, on demanding set designs, intricate costumes and creating new characters.

  3. Watch: Liam Scarlett on Hansel and Gretel

    Watch: Liam Scarlett on Hansel and Gretel

    The choreographer discusses his vision for his latest work and offers us a glimpse into the rehearsals.

  4. Listen: Liam Scarlett on Viscera

    Listen: Liam Scarlett on Viscera

    ROH Insights: The new Royal Ballet Artist in Residence creates a visceral feast.

  5. Liam Scarlett appointed Royal Ballet Artist in Residence

    Liam Scarlett appointed Royal Ballet Artist in Residence

    Position will allow First Artist to focus solely on choreographic work.

  6. Wayne McGregor, Monica Mason and Liam Scarlett nominated for h.Club 100 list

    Wayne McGregor, Monica Mason and Liam Scarlett nominated for h.Club 100 list

    Annual list celebrates those who have influenced the creative industries over the previous year.

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