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).
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