SCOTTISH BALLET PRESS RELEASE
September 02, 1999
Robert North takes up his responsibilities as the Artistic Director of
Scottish Ballet today. Robert is only the fourth Director in the Company's
thirty-year history: Peter Darrell, the founder of Scottish Ballet was its
first Director (1969 -1987), Elaine McDonald - Darrell's prima ballerina and
muse - became the Company's Artistic Controller on Darrell's death in 1987
and Galina Samsova, another of the great dancers associated with the
Company, took over the Directorship between 1991-1997.
Since Galina Samsova left Scottish Ballet, the Company has been led by
Acting Artistic Director, Kenn Burke. After an exhaustive search the Board
appointed Robert North on the 19th April 1999.
Scottish Ballet has three works by Robert North in their repertory: The
Water's Edge (1979), Troy Game (1991) and Light Fandango, which the Company
premiered in a double-bill with La Sylphide in Aberdeen this April.
Joining Robert North will be his regular artistic collaborators: Sheri Cook
and Rossella Capriolo. Scottish Ballet also welcomes three new dancers:
Fulvio Faudella, Mauro Tambone, Michele Di Molfetta, who join the Company at
Kenn Burke resumed his former role as Scottish Ballet's Assistant Director
on the 1st September.
Peg Beveridge, Chairman of the Scottish Ballet Board, said:
"Robert has demonstrated his artistic integrity over a long career that has
seen him work with many of the world's greatest ballet and dance companies.
We are delighted that he is joining us today and look forward to witnessing
the Company, once again, respond to a driving choreographic force at its
heart: continuing the tradition so admirably founded by Peter Darrell.
The Board also pay tribute to the way in which Kenn Burke has led the
Company over the last eighteen months. The Company has achieved much during
this period: two Winter Seasons playing to sold-out houses, a contemporary
programme which saw Scottish Ballet present a number of world and European
premieres, two foreign tours and the Company's first London Season in over
Kenn's leadership of the Company culminates in our Thirtieth Anniversary
Season, which is a genuine landmark for all artists and staff."
Adrian Trickey, Interim CEO of Scottish Ballet/Scottish Opera said:
"On behalf of both organisations I would like to extend a warm welcome to
Robert and the other artists who join Scottish Ballet today. This is an
important moment in the development of the Company. It is wonderful for me
personally to be joining the Ballet at the same time as an Artistic Director
who opens up so many possibilities.
The hallmark of Robert's work has always been the creation of popular,
accessible dance that explores new narratives and themes. At a time when
Scotland is demonstrating both its independence and its rich and diverse
culture I am sure Robert's work will take a place alongside the high
artistic achievements of both companies and become a further source of pride
for both Glasgow and the nation. We emphasise our commitment to take ballet
to the widest public across the country and especially to develop audiences
through an innovative education and outreach programme."
Robert North said:
"I have always believed we must put dancing and dancers first. Scottish
Ballet will retain its strong classical base but it must be ambitious and
prepared to take risks. I believe this will inspire our dancers, players and
Leading Scottish Ballet at this time is both a privilege and a challenge.
I have looked forward to this day immensely since my appointment and am
delighted to finally be here and start working with the Company on what, I
hope, will be the next exciting chapter of an illustrious history."