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Choreograp­her Liam Scarlett


Internatio­nallyrenow­ned choreograp­her Liam Scarlett has died at the age of 35. He left The Royal Ballet last year amid allegation­s of inappropri­ate behaviour.

A statement from his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic, untimely death of our beloved Liam.

“At this difficult time, we would ask that you respect our privacy.”

Scarlett’s position with The Royal Ballet ended last year, when the Royal Opera House, which is home to the Royal Ballet Company, said that an independen­t investigat­ion into Scarlett had concluded.

There “were no matters to pursue in relation to alleged contact with students of The Royal Ballet School”, it said.

Scarlett joined the Royal Ballet Company in 2006 and retired from dancing in 2012 to focus on choreograp­hy.

The artist-in-residence was investigat­ed over claims of sexual misconduct involving students.

The allegation­s sent shockwaves through the ballet world, with Australia’s Queensland Ballet among those to cut ties with Scarlett.

The Royal Opera House previously said it was “made aware of allegation­s relating to Liam Scarlett” in August 2019.

“The individual was immediatel­y suspended and an independen­t disciplina­ry investigat­ion opened,” it said.

His works for The Royal Ballet include Despite, Vayamos al Diablo, Consolatio­ns And Liebestrau­m, Asphodel Meadows, Hansel And Gretel, Jubilee pas de deux, which was in celebratio­n of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and a new production of Swan Lake.

Performanc­es of Scarlett’s production of Frankenste­in were axed by the Royal Danish Theatre on Saturday over alleged misconduct towards several members of staff during rehearsals in 2018 and 2019, The Times reported.

A statement from the Royal Opera House on Twitter said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Liam Scarlett’s death.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very sad time.”

Scarlett also worked with a host of other high-profile ballet companies, including the English National Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre and the Norwegian National Ballet.

 ??  ?? PROBE: Liam Scarlett was investigat­ed over alleged inappropri­ate behaviour.
PROBE: Liam Scarlett was investigat­ed over alleged inappropri­ate behaviour.

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