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Tuesday 20 March 2012 by Carmel Smith

Fleur Darkin (right) in rehearsal with Rosalind Noctor and John Thompson. Photo: Alex Macro.

Fleur Darkin’s company performed for the last time in London on Tuesday (20 March), with Blake Diptych at Laban Theatre (though they continue to tour the UK for further dates). Scottish Dance Theatre announced earlier this month that Fleur will become their new Artistic Director in the auturmn, succeeding Janet Smith , who is leaving to take up the post of Principal at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance .

Described by The Observer as “One of the most overtly theatrical choreographers of the British New Wave”, Fleur Darkin has had a prolific, inventive career so far. She is a former Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic and in London has worked with Laban and the Royal Opera House . Blake Diptych won the Jardin D’Europe commission and was co-commissioned in the UK by Southbank Centre, Laban, Salisbury Arts Centre, Pavilion Dance, Bristol Old Vic and Warwick Arts Centre.

Darkin’s large-scale projects include choreographing three Glastonbury Festivals , the world’s first ever science musical, Dr Tatiana , for Channel 4/Discovery Canada and the 2006 commission Parabolic , which played to a live audience of 25,000 at the Clifton Suspension Bridge to celebrate Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s bi-centenary. Darkin’s aerial choreography was seen by audiences of over 300,000 on ThreeSixty’s global tour of Peter Pan .
She has already worked extensively in Scotland with the National Theatre of Scotland, the Tramway, Traverse and Belgrade theatres, as well as at Dundee Rep, the home of Scottish Dance Theatre.

Speaking about her new role she said: “I am delighted to be joining Scottish Dance Theatre at this unique moment for Dundee and Scotland. The opportunity to develop the potential of this globally celebrated dance company fills me with inspiration.
“Scottish Dance Theatre is a cultural leader, and its unique relationship to Dundee Rep is a tremendous breeding ground for collaborative practice and innovation. There is no other organisation like this in the UK!
“I am passionate about virtuosity and the power of dance to engage and liberate audiences. I look forward to broadening the possibilities of what an internationally touring dance rep company can be. Working with the exceptional SDT dancers, we will pioneer a dance inquiry that leads us into a new artistic era.
I look forward to collaborating with artists from everywhere as we push the national dance agenda forward and create a space for artistic excellence – that can inspire Scotland and the world”.

Fleur Darkin CompanyBlake Dyptch – Experience , Laban Theatre, 20 March 2012

Fleur Darkin Company
Scottish Dance Theatre

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