Christopher Hampson

Artistic Director

Short Bio

Christopher trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with English National Ballet. He has created many award-winning productions, including: for ENB, Double Concerto, The Nutcracker, Perpetuum Mobile; for Ballet Black, Sextet, Storyville; for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella; for Czech National Ballet, Giselle; for Atlanta Ballet The Rite of Spring, Sinfonietta Giocosa; for Scottish Ballet, Hansel & Gretel, The Snow Queen, Cinders and is credited with directing and co-creating Peter Darrell’s production of The Nutcracker and Gene Kelly’s love letter to ballet, Starstruck. Christopher joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in 2012, becoming CEO in 2015. Since then, the company has performed across the world and he has brought in significant dance creators including Crystal Pite, David Dawson, Helen Pickett and Matthew Bourne, while developing in-house talent. In 2017, he curated the world’s first Digital Season — dance to be experienced through digital platforms and has since brought more Scottish Ballet repertoire to screens including the creation of his first award-winning feature film, The Secret Theatre in 2020, and Starstruck in 2021. Christopher chairs the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion steering group at Scottish Ballet. He established the Dancers’ Education Group and is a passionate advocate for dancer career transition and creative leadership. Christopher is on the boards of Scottish Ballet, Central School of Ballet, and Ballet Black. He was awarded CBE for services to dance in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours and in 2023 received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  


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