New Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet is Announced
Nov 1, 2011
It has been announced today that Christopher Hampson will the new Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet as of August 2012.
Hampson intends to build on the excellent repertoire exhibited by Scottish Ballet over the past 10 years and wants to ““realise an even wider commissioning vision and breadth of distinctive programming… 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.”
Ms van Zwanenberg, Chair of the Board of Directors, commented: “I’m delighted that Christopher will be joining us. He has demonstrated enormous energy and vision, as well as a clear understanding about what it means to lead a national company. He has extensive knowledge of ballet repertoire and has wide-ranging contacts within the UK and internationally.”
Cindy Sughrue, Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet is “thrilled to welcome Christopher to the Company” and is looking forward to working with him to continue to develop their repertoire to entice new audiences and to captivate their loyal supporters.
Christopher Hampson graduated from the Royal Ballet School and danced professionally with English National Ballet before pursuing a career as a choreographer and director. He has had a hugely successful career thus far. In 2002 he was the winner of the Barclays Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement and a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for best Classical Choreography for his English National Ballet creation, Double Concerto.
The current Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, Ashley Page, has done a fantastic job over the past nine years and will leave and impressive legacy which Hampson will continue to build upon.
The Audience Business would like to thank Ashley Page for his hard work and dedication to Scottish Ballet and are excited to see his choreography as part of Scottish Ballet’s future repertoire. We would also like to congratulate Christopher Hampson on his new appointment and we look forward to working with you over the coming years.