News: New Artistic Director at Scottish Ballet

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Christopher Hampson

Christopher Hampson is to become the Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet when Ashley Page leaves next year.

**Christopher Hampson danced with English National Ballet for many years before leaving to develop his career as a choreographer and director. A graduate of the Royal Ballet School, he has worked with numerous companies around the world including Royal New Zealand Ballet, Prague National Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet. He won a Barclays Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography for his works for English National Ballet *Nutcracker* and *Double Concerto*. He was nominated in the category for Best New Dance Production in the Laurence Olivier Awards in 2005 for his *Romeo and Juliet, created for *Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Speaking today, he said: “It is an honour to accept the position of Artistic Director at Scottish Ballet. This is a company that has garnered much critical acclaim for its award-winning repertoire, and I am looking forward to working with the excellent team at Scottish Ballet to realise an even wider commissioning vision and breadth of distinctive programming. At its outstanding headquarters at the Tramway international arts centre in Glasgow, Scottish Ballet lives and breathes the air of a fascinating creative environment. I will be seeking to engage even further with local and international artists to develop new partnerships and approaches so that Scottish Ballet continues to enrich, enthuse and inspire audiences throughout Scotland and sustain a dynamic presence on the international stage. I look forward to delivering my aims and ambitions in more detail after I take up the position in August 2012.”
__*Cindy Sughrue*, Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet added, “We are thrilled to welcome Christopher to the Company.

“Christopher’s commitment to the artform echoes the Company’s focus on excellence and diversity, and we are very excited to be working with him to continue to develop Scottish Ballet’s unique breadth of repertoire and programmes, seeking new audiences and continuing to enthrall our fantastic and loyal fans. _
__She also praised the out going Artistic Director, Ashley Page: _“When Scottish Ballet’s founding director Peter Darrell established the Company in Scotland in 1969, it was to be a Company with an exciting vision of strong classical technique with a contemporary attitude. With Ashley Page’s tenure, this vision has become enriched and he will leave an incredible legacy on which we will continue to build. We thank Ashley for his work over the past 9 years and look forward to continuing to present his choreography as part of our rich and varied repertoire.”


Scottish Ballet perform at Sadler’s Wells this week on Thursday and Friday, 3 and 4 November.


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