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Artistes: Christopher Hampson

Artistes 2008
Christopher Hampson
Václav Janeček PhDr
Václav Kuneš*
Charles Mudry*
Nataša Novotná*
Daria Klimentová
Beatrice Knop*
Barbora Kohoutková*
Tamara Rojo
Tamás Solymosi*
Jan-Erik Wikström
Yat Sen Chang
*new in 2008

Staff
Jonathan Still (pianist)
Sergei Poluetkov (pianist)
Ian Comer (administrator)
Jiří Čumpelík (physiotherapist)

Artistes 2007
Patrick Delcroix *
Maina Gielgud *
Guillaume Graffin *
Amy Hollingsworth
Václav Janeček PhDr

Daria Klimentová

Daria Pavlenko
*
Sofiane Sylve
*
Jan-Erik Wikström *
* new in 2007

sArtistes 2006
Otto Bubeniček
Viviana Durante
Christopher Hampson
Amy Hollingsworth
Daria Klimentová
Jan Kodet*
Larisa Lezhnina*
Laurent Novis

Roland Price*

*New in 2006!

Artistes 2005
Ivan Cavallari
Viviana Durante
Christopher Hampson
Amy Hollingsworth
Daria Klimentová
Laurent Novis
Monica Zamora

Artistes 2004
Mark Baldwin
Otto Bubeniček
Brenda Edwards
Václav Janeček PhDr
Daria Klimentová
Christopher Hampson
Greg Horsman
Tamara Rojo
Francine Richard

Artistes 2003
Yat Sen Chang
Amy Hollingsworth
Andria Hall
Irek Mukhamedov
Agnes Oaks


Christopher Hampson was born in Middleton, Manchester, and trained at the Royal Ballet School. After graduating in 1992 he joined English National Ballet (ENB), and was made a soloist in 1996. His roles with ENB included Drosselmeyer in Deane's Nutcracker, Paris in Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet, the Headmistress in Graduation Ball and the lead role in Balanchine's Square Dance. He has danced in works by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, Robert North, Mauro Bigonzetti, Ben Stevenson, Ronald Hynd, Glen Tetley, Michael Corder, Hans Van Manen and Wayne Sleep.

Christopher's choreographic work started at the Royal Ballet School after winning the 1992 Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition. On joining English National Ballet he continued to produce many works for the company's workshops, soirées and galas and received the first of many commissions from Derek Deane, artistic director of ENB, in 1997.
He has produced three works for ENB, Perpetuum Mobile (J.S. Bach) Country Garden (Percy Grainger) set to various piano works by Percy Grainger, later performed in an orchestral version, and Concerto Grosso (Alfred Schnittke). In August 1999 he left ENB to pursue his choreographic career.

Christopher choreographing The Nutcracker for ENB, 2002Works for other companies include, Coda for Three Men for Wayne Sleep's Coliseum Season, Notturno, a pas de deux created for Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks, Dinaresade and Canciones for City Ballet of London, and Homage to a Princess, specially created for Tamara Rojo and Johan Kobburg to mark the 70th Birthday of Princess Margaret. His ballets have been taken to Miami, Stuttgart, Helsinki, Prague and throughout the UK.

Christmas 2000 saw the première of his first full-length work, A Christmas Carol, at London's Royal Festival Hall, followed by Saltarello, a new ballet for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in Spring 2001. In July of the same year he created Esquisses for English National Ballet School and Songs Without Words for Images of Dance. Double Concerto, to Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos (1932) had its première at the Opera House, Manchester, in November 2001 and was the first new ballet to open in London in 2002 at the Coliseum. His Nutracker for English National Ballet, with designs by Gerald Scarfe opened in October 2002, and was presented at the London Coliseum in December 2002/January 2003.

Christopher has also co-directed galas at Her Majesty's Theatre and the Sadler's Wells Theatre. He was Ballet Master for City Ballet of London's VIVA! Tour and Wayne Sleep's Dash and Aspects of Dance tours.

Christopher enjoys working with children and continues to do so whenever time allows. He has created works for English National Ballet School, Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, National Youth Ballet and the Royal Academy of Dance.

All of Christopher Hampson's work is documented in his popular monthly Internet Diaries that he has been writing for three years, commissioned by ballet.co.uk.

In 2003, his Double Concerto won the Laurence Olivier award for Best New Choreography (Classical), and his Romeo & Juliet for Royal New Zealand Ballet has been nominated for the 2005 Laurence Olivier Awards (best new dance). Read more

List of works to date

Perpetuum Mobile (June 1997) ENB
Country Garden (April 1998) ENB
TBA (One) (1998) Jewkes/Foley/Klimentová/Panchenko
Coda for Three Men (August 1998) Wayne Sleep's Dash, CBL
TBA for Thomas Edur (October 1998) CBL
Capriol Suite (October 1998) ENB
Notturno (November 1998) Oaks/Edur
Concerto Grosso (March 1999) ENB
Dinaresade (June 1999) CBL
Canciones (October 1999) CBL
Carnival (November 1999) NYB
Malcolm Arnold Dances (July 2000) Elmhurst
Anniversaire (July 2000) ENBS
Entrées (October 2000) RBS and ENBS
Homage to a Princess (October 2000) Rojo/Kobburg
A Christmas Carol (December 2000) RFH/Raymond Gubbay/Tiny Tim Productions Ltd
Saltarello (March 2001) Royal New Zealand Ballet
Songs Without Words (June 2001) London Studio Centre/ Images of Dance
Esquisses (July 2001) English National Ballet School
Double Concerto (November 2001) English National Ballet
A Christmas Carol (December 2001) St. David's Hall, Cardiff
Nutcracker (December 2002) English National Ballet
Trapeze (April 2003) English National Ballet
Romeo and Juliet (June 2003) Royal New Zealand Ballet
Giselle (April 2004) National Theatre, Prague.

Christopher Hampson website

Press Quotes

"A work of pure dance...carried by the captivating momentum, from its opening statement...to the playfully upbeat climax for the full cast. And to vary the tone in the middle, Hampson has made a beautifully sculpted slow duet".
David Dougill, The Sunday Times

"Perptuum Mobile" is sunshine and gentle dusk...skilfully paced...imaginative and musically apt...bouncy beaten steps freezing into poses"
Nadine Meisner, The Times

"A revelation...a very English ballet - polite, tasteful and restrained...light, bright, clean and pure"
Anne Sacks, The Evening Standard

Hampson has an undoubted talent for choreography. In writing about his choreographic style, many critics have compared him with precisely the choreographers he most admires; Balanchine for his grounding in the classical vocabulary with which he finds new ways and means and MacMillan for his inventiveness. He is also noted for his skill in handling different ensembles, teasing the audience with unexpected entrances and exits. He is able to please an audience with this gentle blend of classicism and invention and he is applauded as an innately musical choreographer.

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