Liam Scarlett has been appointed the Royal Ballet’s first ever Artist in Residence, which allows the 26 year old dancer and choreographer with the company to focus solely on his choreographic creations.
The Royal Ballet released a statement today of the appointment, which is in effect immediately. Scarlett, who joined the Royal Ballet in 2005 after training at the company’s Lower and Upper Schools, will finish his performance in the current production of Swan Lake as a dancer before stepping into his new role. Scarlett’s latest work “Viscera” will be debuting in the UK tomorrow night.
“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,” said Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet.
Scarlett first showed promise as a choreographer when he was just a student at the Royal Ballet School where he won the Kenneth MacMillan and Ursula Moreton Choreographic Awards. While a student, he received commissions to create two pieces for the School’s Annual Matinee performances at the Royal Opera House. He has since worked with the company on a choreographic level, including several small works and Gala pieces that have been performed both on the London stage and abroad.