2 November 2012 at 1.48pm | Comment on this article
Liam Scarlett has been appointed the first ever Royal Ballet Artist in Residence. The position will allow him to focus solely on his choreographic work. He will take up the position with immediate effect and make his last appearances with the Company as a dancer in the current run of Swan Lake.
Liam's latest work Viscera receives its UK premiere at the Royal Opera House this weekend as part of a Mixed programme also featuring Wayne McGregor's Infra and Christopher Wheeldon's Fool's Paradise. Previous works choreographed by Liam include Sweet Violets, Asphodel Meadows and Diana & Actaeon from Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 (a collaboration with Will Tuckett and Jonathan Watkins).
Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O'Hare said:
“This is a very exciting moment both for Liam and also for The Royal Ballet. We’ve seen Liam’s choreographic talents develop since his time at the Royal Ballet School and subsequently as a member of the Company with Monica Mason’s encouragement and I’m delighted that we’re now able to offer him this opportunity to concentrate full time on his choreographic work.”
Liam reacted to his appointment saying:
“It is such an honour to be made Artist in Residence. For the past 16 years The Royal Ballet School and The Royal Ballet have been my home and it is with immense pride that I accept this position. I have had a wonderful and fruitful dancing career and now look forward to this next venture continuing to develop and create new work for the world’s top dancers in the most outstanding company in the world.”
The Royal Ballet has been very lucky to receive generous support for new choreography, most recently through the New Ballet Works syndicate, launched in September to support three new works being created by Liam, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. Gifts received so far have raised over £450,000, which goes a very long way in enabling the extensive time and resources required when creating new choreography.
If you wish to find out more about the syndicate, please contact Deborah Lewis on +44(0) 207 212 9587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.