26-year-old Liam Scarlett, a dancer with the Royal Ballet School since 2005, is—in a word—retiring, and shifting his focus to choreography. He has been appointed the Royal’s first ever artist-in-residence, a position created specifically for him.
Scarlett’s first choreographic work for the company, Asphodel Meadows, earned him a nomination for an Olivier Award in 2010. He also recently set a piece on Miami City Ballet for the 2013 season, which you can glimpse in DT January’s cover story on MCB’s recently departed artistic director Edward Villella (single issues will be available for purchase in our webstore after Jan 2). The young dancemaker says he has five new pieces in the works right now, and his first full-length ballet for the Royal is set to premiere in May, 2013.
We’re eager to see what this rising young talent produces in this next stage of his already impressive career!
Photo courtesy of The Independent.