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Ballet Suspends Choreographer Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Ballet suspends choreographer over sexual misconduct allegations

Queensland Ballet has suspended choreographer Liam Scarlett over allegations of sexual misconduct.

In addition, the company has also cancelled an upcoming tour of his Dangerous Liaisons show to Melbourne.

British paper, The Times, first reported allegations of inappropriate behaviour with current and past Royal Ballet dancers on Thursday.

Choreographer considered ‘golden boy’ of dance world

33 year-old Liam Scarlett is from the United Kingdom and considered one of the best in the business.

So much so, the Royal Ballet appointed him as its first ever artist-in-residence.

In addition, he is the youngest choreographer ever to have a full-length ballet commissioned by the Royal Ballet.

Scarlett came to Brisbane in 2016 to be artistic associate at the Queensland Ballet and one of his works, Dangerous Liaisons, was due to tour Melbourne in April.

Royal Ballet conducting investigation

According to The Times, independent investigators are examining claims that Scarlett behaved inappropriately with Royal Ballet School students.

For example, he allegedly encouraged them to send him naked photographs.

Consequently, the Royal Ballet has enlisted a professional employment firm to conduct the investigation as a result of the allegations.

The inquiry is continuing, however it is yet to make any findings against Scarlett.


Queensland Ballet suspends choreographer

As a result of the UK investigation, Queensland Ballet moved quickly to suspend all engagements with Scarlett.

A spokesperson said in a statement:

“Queensland Ballet was made aware of the allegations relating to Liam Scarlett at the Royal Ballet Company in October 2019.

“Detail was limited as we were told it was the subject of an ongoing investigation.

“Queensland Ballet has suspended all future engagements with Liam Scarlett pending the results of that investigation.

“This includes the 2020 Melbourne Tour of Dangerous Liaisons.

“QB is working closely with Arts Centre Melbourne on a possible alternative.”

Finally, QB confirmed it has not received any complaints about Scarlett.


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