becomes the first artist-in-residence at the Royal Ballet.
The Royal Ballet released a statement today of the appointment, which is in effect immediately. Scarlett, who joined the Royal Ballet in 2005 after training at the company’s Lower and Upper Schools, will finish his performance in the current production of Swan Lake as a dancer before stepping into his new role. Scarlett’s latest work “Viscera” will be debuting in the UK tomorrow night.
MacMillan's powerful narrative style ranged from strongly character-driven dramas such as Mayerling, Manon and Romeo and Juliet, to more experimental, expressionistic work such as Anastasia, The Judas Tree and Las Hermanas (which is to be given a rare revival later this month). The failure of some of his risks and equally the world-wide expectations generated by his most successful ballets made him a terrifying act to follow, and the Royal Ballet has studiously avoided appointing an official chief choreographer from within the company since. The three choreographers in this era are gnomically differentiated as "Resident Choreographer" (McGregor), "Artistic Associate" (Wheeldon) and "Artist-in-Residence" (Scarlett).