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Liam Scarlett

Choreographer

Biography

Liam Scarlett in action.
Liam Scarlett and Laura Morera in rehearsal for Viscera, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2012

English choreographer Liam Scarlett is The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence. His works for The Royal Ballet include Despite, Vayamos al Diablo, Consolations and Liebestraum (nominated for a Critics’ Circle Award), Asphodel Meadows (nominated for a South Bank Award and an Olivier Award, and winner of a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award), Sweet Violets, ‘Diana and Actaeon’ in Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, Hansel and Gretel, Jubilee pas de deux (in celebration of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee), The Age of Anxiety, Summertime and Frankenstein (a co-production with San Francisco Ballet).

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. He retired as a dancer in 2012, that year becoming The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence.

Scarlett’s work for other companies includes No Man’s Land (English National Ballet), Gargoyles and Funérailles (New York City Ballet), With a Chance of Rain (American Ballet Theatre), Vespertine, The Firebird and Carmen (Norweign National Ballet), A Misummer Night’s Dream (Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet), Viscera and Euphotic (Miami City Ballet), Hummingbird (San Francisco Ballet), Promenade Sentimentale (K-Ballet), Serpent (BalletBoyz: The Talent) and Hinterland and Indigo Children (Ballet Black). In 2016 he was appointed Artistic Associate at Queensland Ballet.

Videos

News and features

What makes a good dance score?

What makes a good dance score?

11 April 2017

Graceful Tchaikovsky, vivacious Stravinsky, angular minimalist music - or something else? We explore what makes the best music for ballet and beyond.

How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

24 February 2017

Several world-class choreographers began their training with The Royal Ballet School – how do they grow the dance-makers of the future?

Liam Scarlett to become Artistic Associate of Queensland Ballet in 2017

Liam Scarlett to become Artistic Associate of Queensland Ballet in 2017

4 November 2016

The new position for the English choreographer is in addition to his current role as The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence.

Posts by Liam Scarlett

Liam Scarlett on Walter Sickert and Jack the Ripper

Liam Scarlett on Walter Sickert and Jack the Ripper

4 April 2012

The choreographer on the inspiration for his new short ballet, Sweet Violets.

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