Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Symphonic Dances. It was last on stage 18–31 May 2017.
Liam Scarlett is one of the most exciting ballet choreographers of his generation. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with The Royal Ballet, before turning to choreography full-time in 2012. Acclaimed as ‘ballet’s fast-rising star’ (Evening Standard), he now creates works for leading companies around the world.
Scarlett’s creations for the Company include the one-act works Asphodel Meadows, Sweet Violets and The Age of Anxiety, and the full-length ballet Frankenstein. He has choreographed internationally for companies including English National Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet and K-Ballet. In this world premiere he creates a new abstract ballet for the Company to Rachmaninoff’s great final work, the Symphonic Dances.
News and features
19 May 2017
Audience and press reviews of The Royal Ballet's collection of pieces by Forsythe, Balanchine, Wheeldon and Scarlett.
8 May 2017
Our quick guide to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme.
24 April 2017
Choreographer Liam Scarlett gives a glimpse of his new ballet set to Rachmaninoff's remarkable 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.
12 May 2016
Psychological, dramatic and dark — Scarlett's one-act ballets have made him one of the world's most sought-after young choreographers.
26 January 2016
Rachmaninoff’s music is adored the world over, but he was plagued with self-doubt.