Christopher Hampson joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in 2012, and was appointed CEO/Artistic Director in 2015.
Christopher trained at the Royal Ballet Schools. His choreographic work began there and continued while he danced with English National Ballet (ENB), for whom he created numerous award-winning works, including Double Concerto, which won a National Dance Award, Perpetuum Mobile and The Nutcracker. Christopher’s production of Romeo and Juliet, created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Production. Also for RNZB, his Cinderella was hailed as Best New Production by the New Zealand Herald and televised by TVNZ in 2009.
Other commissions include: Sinfonietta Giocosa (Atlanta Ballet and ENB); Dear Norman (Royal Ballet); Sextet (Ballet Black); Silhouette (RNZB); Rite of Spring (Atlanta Ballet); Storyville (Ballet Black), which was nominated for a National Dance Award; and Hansel and Gretel (Scottish Ballet). His latest work, The Snow Queen will premiere with Scottish Ballet in December 2019 to conclude the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Since Christopher joined Scottish Ballet, the company has performed across the world including at the Kennedy Center, the Royal Opera House and the Maryinsky Theatre. He has brought some of the most sought-after dance creators to work with Scottish Ballet, including Crystal Pite, David Dawson, Javier de Frutos, Helen Pickett and Matthew Bourne, while developing in-house talent through choreographic initiatives. In 2017, he curated the world’s first Digital Season for Scottish Ballet – a new programme of dance to be experienced through digital platforms. He has also established a Dancer’s Education Group to help dancers receive structured training in community engagement and teaching while pursuing their stage careers, and is a passionate advocate for dancer career transition.
Beyond Scottish Ballet, Christopher gave a talk on ‘Creative Thinking’ as part of TEDx Glasgow and developed the inaugural Young Rural Retreat for Aspiring Leaders, in association with Dance East. Christopher is co-founder of the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague, has been a guest teacher for many major international companies and his work now forms part of the Solo Seal Award for the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2018, Christopher joined the Boards of Central School of Ballet and Ballet Black, and in 2019 he completed an MBA for the Creative Industries with Ashridge Business School.