Liam Scarlett

Liam Scarlett was one of the most talented dancers of his generation. He was born in Ipswich, England in 1986 and died in 2021 at the age of only 35. Scarlett trained locally with Linda Shipton before attending The Royal Ballet School. Whilst at the school he won the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award, Kenneth Macmillan Choreographic Award, and the first De Valois Trust Fund Award. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2005 and was promoted to First Artist in 2008. His repertoire included works by Ashton, Macmillan, Balanchine, Tetley, Kylian, McGregor, Wheeldon, Bintley, Tuckett, Robbins, Nijinska, DeValois, Cranko and Ek among others. In 2012 Liam retired from dance to pursue a full time career in choreography. His first work Asphodel Meadows received critical acclaim and was nominated for a South Bank Award, an Olivier Award and won the Critics Circle Award. His international breakthrough came with Viscera for Miami City Ballet and he has since worked and created for several companies across the world including The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet and English National Ballet among others. He is renowned for his narrative work with full lengths including Carmen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dangerous Liaisons, Hansel and Gretel, The Queen of Spades, Frankenstein and Swan Lake with regular collaborator and designer John Macfarlane. He has also created solos for the International Genée Award and was on the first jury panel of the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition. His film work includes the live-action Disney movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. In season 2020-21 Liam Scarlett rehearsed With a Chance of Rain as part of the Triple Bill Paradigma at the Bayerisches Staatsballett.

(Information as of May 2021)