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A Week with Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson

Saturday, September 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Christopher Hampson, chief executive and artistic director of ISPA member organization Scottish Ballet, shares his diary with International Arts Manager in the lead up to the company’s premiere at Edinburgh International Festival last August. Read his full-week long diary on the International Arts Manager website.


Today is a perfect slice of a day in the life of Scottish Ballet. We’re preparing for our upcoming season at Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). Our double bill comprises two of today’s most engaging and important choreographers, Angelin Preljocaj and Crystal Pite.

Before rehearsals get underway, I teach company class. I try to do this at least twice a week. It’s a great way to keep a connection with the dancers, to share in their progress and to set the pace for the season ahead. My day can often end up pulling me away from the studio or theatre, but if I’ve given class I know I’ve seen the dancers and have taken the ‘artistic temperature’ for the day...."

Christopher Hampson: Photo courtesy of Scottish Ballet

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