Christopher Hampson appointed new Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet
Zoe van Zwanenberg, Chair of the Board of Directors of Scottish Ballet, announced the appointment of Christopher Hampson as Artistic Director designate.
Ms van Zwanenberg said: “I’m delighted that Christopher will be joining us. He has demonstrated enormous energy and vision, as well as a clear understanding about what it means to lead a national company. He has extensive knowledge of ballet repertoire and has wide-ranging contacts within the
Christopher Hampson is a ballet director and choreographer, and a former professional ballet dancer. A graduate of the
Christopher Hampson said: “It is an honour to accept the position of Artistic Director at Scottish Ballet. This is a company that has garnered much critical acclaim for its award-winning repertoire, and I am looking forward to working with the excellent team at Scottish Ballet to realise an even wider commissioning vision and breadth of distinctive programming. At its outstanding headquarters at the Tramway international arts centre in
“Christopher’s commitment to the artform echoes the Company's focus on excellence and diversity, and we are very excited to be working with him to continue to develop Scottish Ballet’s unique breadth of repertoire and programmes, seeking new audiences and continuing to enthrall our fantastic and loyal fans.
“When Scottish Ballet’s founding director Peter Darrell established the Company in
Critic's Circle National Dance Awards
Principal dancer Sophie Martin has been nominated for a prestigious Critic's Circle National Dance Award. She is nominated in the category of Outstanding Female Performance (Classical). The full list of nominees can be found here, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in January 2012.
Sophie joined Scottish Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to Principal in 2008. In the past year, she has danced many roles including the leads in Cinderella, Alice and Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth.
Rosalind Nashashibi film on Scottish Ballet
Scottish Ballet is delighted to announce the commission of a new film by artist Rosalind Nashashibi in conjunction with the
The film will feature footage of Scottish Ballet’s dancers which would normally remain unseen, forming an intimate portrait of the relationships, preparations and minutiae of movements backstage at the ballet.
The work will be presented in the GI Festival Hub space, a temporary venue created specifically for the duration of the Festival.
Nashashibi is well-known for her works using 16mm film, which she regularly deploys in a very direct, documentary manner, with recent works showing an increasing interest in performance and ritual. An artist very much associated with
(Title tbc) Scottish Ballet / Rosalind Nashashibi
Friday 20 April – Monday 7 May 2012
Location: GI Festival Hub
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Martin Boyce wins Turner Prize
Scottish Ballet is delighted to send a big congratulations to Glasgow-born artist Martin Boyce on his Turner Prize success.
The company first worked with Boyce in a session of choreographic workshops exploring the relationship between dance and visual art last year and it was at this time he began to consider the creation of his canopy of fractured light that would go on to feature in his award winning piece Beyond the Repetition of High Windows, Intersecting Flight Paths and Opinions (A Silent Storm is Painted on Air).
Scottish Ballet will be collaborating with Boyce once again next spring when a specially commissioned set piece will be designed to accompany the company’s work as part of Dance GB, a unique creative collaboration between the three national dance companies of the UK – Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet and National Dance Company Wales - as part of the Cultural Olympiad. This will be the first time Boyce has created work especially for a theatrical environment.
Click here for more information on Dance GB.
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