Profile: Christopher Hampson, incoming artistic director of Scottish Ballet

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  • 18 September 2012
Profile: Christopher Hampson, incoming artistic director of Scottish Ballet

• Manchester-born Hampson graduated from the Royal Ballet School in 1992 and joined English National Ballet, where he danced as a soloist until 1999 before leaving to concentrate full-time on choreography.

• He premiered his first full-length work, A Christmas Carol, at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2000, and went on to win the 2002 Barclays Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and the 2002 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography for his Double Concerto with English National Ballet. In 2003, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Production for his Romeo and Juliet with Royal New Zealand Ballet.

• Hampson’s a founding member of the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague (and still guest teaches there every year), is mentor for young choreographers at the Royal Ballet as part of their First Drafts programme and is judge for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreography Award.

• His interests include marathon running and studying for a degree in Humanities (French and Classical Studies).

• Hampson’s mum is from Gourock and he spent many school holidays here visiting his grandparents.

• He likes to knit — and is looking forward to some sneaky yarn shopping on tour.

• Hampson’s ideal dinner guests are Tosca, not the opera heroine, but his first dog; Peter Darrell; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Mary Beard and Quentin Crisp for the one-liners over coffee and After Eights.