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Christopher Harrison

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Christopher Harrison trained at The Dance School of Scotland, and The Royal Ballet Upper School. Christopher joined Dresden State Opera, Germany, in 2001 and danced solo roles in Neumeier’s The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Derevianko’s Giselle and Don Quixote, and Lazzini’s La Fille mal gardée. He joined Scottish Ballet in summer 2005, was promoted to Coryphée in July 2007 and to Principal in 2013.

Christopher Harrison is sponsored by

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Why did you become a dancer?

I became l dancer because l get so much joy and satisfaction from performing. I love the challenge of pushing my self everyday and l feel very privileged to be doing something that l enjoy so much for a living.

Repertoire

Cinderella (The Prince), Page
The Nutcracker 
(The Prince), Page
Fearful Symmetries
, Page 
The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird and The Prince), Page
Pennies From Heaven, Page
Cheating, Lying, Stealing,
Page
Alice (Knave of Hearts, Mad Hatter), Page
Othello (Cassio), Darrell
Scènes de Ballet, Ashton
In Light And Shadow, Pastor
Romeo and Juliet, Pastor 
Afternoon Of A Faun, Robbins 
Epsiodes, Balanchine
Agon,
Balanchine
Rubies, Balanchine
Ride the Beast, Petronio
Artifact Suite, Forsythe
Petrushka, Spink
Carmen, Alston
From Where, Liburd
Song of the Earth (Lead Man), MacMillan
A Streetcar Named Desire, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa
Run For It, Lawrance
Highland Fling, Bourne
The Rite of Spring, Hampson
Hansel & Gretel, Hampson

Gallery

Christopher Harrison

Video

Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison performed at the XX Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow

Christopher in the poster shoot video for Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker

Christopher in the poster shoot video for Scottish Ballet's EIF 2013 programme Dance Odysseys

Highland Fling 2013 trailer featuring Christopher as James

Scottish Ballet's Dance Odysseys trailer

Christopher's Dance GB video diary

Christopher in the Dance GB preview

Reviews

2014

ROMEO & JULIET 2014

.Dance Europe, July 2014 - Claire Robertson and Christopher Harrison in the title roles are superb. 

2013

Highland Fling

...Christopher Harrison giving a mesmerising performance as lovelorn James.

STV Aberdeen, May 2013

2011

DOUBLE BILL AT SADLER'S WELLS - AUTUMN 2011

MacMillan's Song of the Earth

Christopher Harrison leads as Messenger of Death, and his technique and schooling are a constant delight..

Sunday Express, 06 November 2011

Sophie Martin trusts the steps with all her being, and is magnificent. No less true the manner of Erik Cavallari as the Man and Christopher Harrison as the Messenger: noble, selfless dancing.

Financial Times, 06 November 2011

the haunting presence of the Messenger of Death, a half-masked, impassioned character, is chillingly timeless, and Christopher Harrison understood perfectly both the dramatic and the choreographic nuances of the role.

- Independent Dance Reviews, 10 November 2011

US TOUR 2011

MacMillan's Song of the Earth

Christopher Harrison brought crispness and power in his debut as the Messenger of Death, a figure who lives among us always.

- LA Times, 15 October 2011

2007

SPRING 2007

Balanchine's Agon

Adam Blyde, Gregory Dean and Christopher Harrison [are] particularly impressive.

Dancing Times, June 2007

Blyde and Harrison gave some of the finest dramatic and balletic performances I've seen from Scottish Ballet.

Criticaldance.net, April 2007

2006

EIF 2006

Robbins’ Afternoon Of A Faun

Scottish Ballet have placed their hopes on two young corps dancers – Christopher Harrison and Luisa Rocco. It was a gamble well worth taking… the couple was spellbinding. Well suited to the roles and each other, they kept the dream-like feeling of ballet going.

ballet-dance.com, Aug 2006

Christopher Harrison and Luisa Rocco rehearse side by side in a studio, with the audience as their mirror. If they are the future of the company, then it’s looking bright.

The Scotsman, 21 Aug 2006

Luisa Rocco and Christopher Harrison dance like a teenage dream, developing an erotic charge

Sunday Herald, 03 Sept 2006

Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light And Shadow

Christopher Harrison in the third ballet of his opening night marathon was worthy of note – tonight, my eye was rar

Balanchine’s Agon

…with Gregory Dean, Christopher Harrison and Luke Ahmet in particular demonstrating a new found poise and power.

ballet-dance.com, Aug 2006

Press

In March 2014 Christopher Harrison, with Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, spoke on the Fred Macauley Show on BBC Radio Scotland to talk about his career as a ballet dancer and his role in the spring tour of Romeo & Juliet. Click here to listen to the show.

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