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Liam Scarlett

Choreographer

Biography

Liam Scarlett in action.
Liam Scarlett in rehearsal with Leticia Stock and Nehemiah Kish for Viscera © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2012

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), the Jubilee pas de deux in celebration of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Age of Anxiety and Summertime. In the 2015/16 Season he creates a full-length narrative ballet for the Company, Frankenstein.

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).

Videos

News and features

Stories without words: Narrative ballets and their many inspirations

Stories without words: Narrative ballets and their many inspirations

20 November 2014

How and where choreographers find stories has changed throughout the art form's history.

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

4 November 2014

Nominations are decided by a panel of 50 dance writers from across the UK.

Britten and ballet: A surprisingly rich relationship

Britten and ballet: A surprisingly rich relationship

31 October 2014

Although he only created one full-length ballet, the composer had more to do with dance than you might think.

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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