At heart, I love problem-solving, and choreography is one giant, never-ending problem which frustrates me, inspires me and keeps me curious every day.Ema Jayne Park - SB Creates choreographer
The Scottish Ballet Creates programme has now run for two successful years. The programme gives independent choreographers the chance to work with Scottish Ballet dancers and receive mentorship from CEO / Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and other internationally renowned mentors. In 2017, this was Kerry Nicholls.
In 2017, each choreographer was given access to our studios and company dancers for two intensive weeks.
This allowed them to explore choreographic ideas and work freely in our studios without any pressure to present a finished product. This kind of opportunity is rare for choreographers working outside of a full-time Company as time is precious, meaning rehearsals often lead directly into a public performance.
Pictured: Jack Webb‘s solo 'Drawn to Drone', which arose out of Scottish Ballet’s 2016 mentorship scheme. Photo by Jane Hobson.
SB Creates gave me a supportive environment to discover who I am as an artist and take risks. With the support of Chris and Kerry and an open and honest group of makers, this process has inspired me in a human, artistic and emotional level. I feel extremely privileged to take part in this programme to hone in on my craft and learn from the invaluable experience of Chris and Kerry.Tamsyn Russell - SB Creates choreographer