Scottish Ballet – Vibrant, Energetic and Brilliant
October 3, 2016
“There is creativity in absolutely everything we do,” says Scottish Ballet’s CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson. “We inspire all who come into contact with the company with our phenomenal dancers.”
As Scotland’s national dance company, Scottish Ballet inspires through exceptional dance. Combining classical and contemporary ballet with brave new commissions, Scottish Ballet connects with audiences across Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally, through live performances and innovative online content.
“It’s important that we build up an exciting and broad repertoire,” says Hampson. “I feel it’s our remit to serve Scotland the best of the dance world.”
Scottish Ballet also provides a comprehensive education and outreach programme to complement its production and touring activity. Education initiatives and classes include work with people of all ages and abilities, and Scottish Ballet’s Associate Programme encourages young dancers to train for a career in the industry. As part of this commitment to broadening audiences, Scottish Ballet was the first dance company in the UK to offer live audio-description for the visually impaired, and maintains a programme of regular audio-described performances today.
“Education is not a bolt-on to everything else you do,” Hampson says. “It is about engaging with audiences wherever they are.”
Founded by Peter Darrell and Elizabeth West as Western Theatre Ballet in Bristol in 1957, the Company moved to Glasgow in 1969 and was renamed Scottish Theatre Ballet, changing to Scottish Ballet in 1974. In 2009, Scottish Ballet celebrated its 40th anniversary, and moved to its purpose-built home at the Tramway complex in Glasgow, creating a production and presentation facility of a scale and artistic mix unrivalled in the UK.
Scottish Ballet’s work is critically lauded and award winning, with Principal dancer Sophie Martin recently being awarded the Best Dance Performer Award at the Sunday Herald Culture Awards 2016. Scottish Ballet also won the 2008 Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Repertoire (Classical), and was nominated for Outstanding Company at the Critics’ Circle Awards in 2009 and 2010.
As Scottish Ballet prepares for its landmark 50th anniversary in 2019, the Company continues to expand its reputation across Scotland, the UK and abroad, performing world class dance with strong classical technique at its heart, and a unique artistic identity.