2019 is our 50th anniversary and we are championing some of the people who help make Scottish Ballet a great place to work. Each week we will introduce you to a different career at Scottish Ballet and the person behind it.
Rishan Benjamin was born in London and trained at the Central School of Ballet before joining Scottish Ballet in August 2018 as an Artist.
Rishan featured in Digital Season films Tremble and Frontiers as well as Dextera - part of our Spring! season. We caught up with Rishan to hear about her journey with Scottish Ballet so far and find out what encouraged her to venture north of the border.
How did you first start dancing?
I started dancing Street dance around the age of six. Later, when I was eight, I was introduced to ballet through the 'Chance to Dance' scheme by the Royal Opera House. I then went on to train at the Central School of Ballet. Around the age of 16, I realised I wanted to become a professional dancer. I love the idea of being able to express my emotions and feelings through movement.
What attracted you to Scottish Ballet?
I was attracted to the dancers of the company and how they are allowed to be individual in their artistry. Scottish Ballet is really forward-thinking. I think the Digital Season and films like Frontiers and Tremble show that well. Scottish Ballet is also very diverse with their choreography and have a mixed repertoire of contemporary and classical ballets.