Christopher Hampson joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in August 2012.
Christopher trained at the Royal Ballet Schools. His choreographic work began there and continued at English National Ballet, where he danced until 1999 and for whom he subsequently created numerous award-winning works, including Double Concerto, Perpetuum Mobile, Country Garden, Concerto Grosso and The Nutcracker. Christopher’s Romeo and Juliet, created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award (Best New Production 2005) and his production of Giselle for the National Theatre in Prague has been performed every year since its premiere in 2004.Christopher created Sinfonietta Giocosa for the Atlanta Ballet (USA) in 2006 and after a New York tour it received its UK premiere with ENB in 2007. He created Cinderella for RNZB in 2007, which was subsequently hailed as Best New Production by the New Zealand Herald and televised by TVNZ in 2009. His work has toured Australia, China, the USA and throughout Europe. His most recent commissions are Dear Norman (Royal Ballet, 2009); Sextet (Ballet Black/ROH2, 2010); Silhouette (RNZB, 2010), Rite of Spring (Atlanta Ballet, 2011) and Storyville (Ballet Black/ROH2, 2012).
Christopher is a co-founder of the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague and has been a guest teacher for English National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Bonachela Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Genée International Ballet Competition. Christopher’s work now forms part of the Solo Seal Award for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Deputy Artistic Director
Paul was born in Leicester, training at the Rambert and Royal Ballet Schools. As a Principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, Paul has danced many leading roles for the Company. He subsequently became Répétiteur, and then Ballet Master in 1986. Paul was promoted to the role of Assistant Artistic Director in 2002 and Deputy Artistic Director in 2005.
In addition to his role at Scottish Ballet, Paul was appointed Artistic Director of the BA in Modern Ballet course at the
Maria Jimenez Arrechea
Maria trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Dance of Madrid, Spain. She was Ballet Teacher at School of Dance Maria de Avila in Zaragoza between 1991-2001, and during this time was Official Teacher for III, IV, and V National Dance Competition of Torrelavaga, Spain. She then became Ballet Mistress and Repetiteur for Ballet de Zaragoza where she remained until 2004.
Maria studied Benesh Notation at the Benesh Institute, Royal Academy of Dance, London, and in addition, she is qualified in Therapeutic Massage. During her career Maria has worked with choreographers such as Maria de Avila, Antonia Francheschi, Mark Baldwin and Richard Alston. Her own choreographies include Allegro Vivace, 2000, Suite Holberg, 1997 and Sinfonia n. 1 1994.
Born in Toronto, Hope was a founding member of Peter Schaufuss’s London Festival Ballet School. Upon graduation she joined the company (now English National Ballet) where she danced numerous soloist and principal roles. In 1994 Hope joined Rambert Dance Company with the appointment of Christopher Bruce CBE. There she danced a wide variety of repertoire from some of the most prolific choreographers of our time, including Ek, Kylian, Naharin, Tharp, Tetley, De Frutos, Cunningham and over a dozen Bruce works. After ten years with RDC she moved to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and expanded her repertoire to include Forsythe, Duato and Lubovitch amongst others.
After a nineteen-year career, Hope retired from performing and holds a diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance (PDTD) and coaches both classical and contemporary technique. Hope assists Christopher Bruce CBE with the setting of his work internationally and recently worked as Guest Rehearsal Director both Crystal Pite at the National Ballet of Canada and Emily Molnar at Ballet British Columbia. Hope joined Scottish Ballet as Ballet Mistress in November of 2009.