SF Ballet cancels British choreographer’s production following sexual misconduct investigation

The Royal Ballet, Liam Scarlett

Liam Scarlett, Courtesy: The Royal Ballet.

The San Francisco Ballet has pulled a production from its schedule less than two weeks before it was set to open following an announcement by The Royal Ballet in London that its choreographer, Liam Scarlett, the ballet’s artist-in-residence, has been suspended following accusations of sexual misconduct involving students at the Royal Ballet School.

The announcement of SF Ballet’s decision was made by Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale.

Liam Scarlett’s “Hummingbird was set to run from Feb. 11 to 22. It will be replaced on the schedule with another program that had not been determined as of press time. It will be announced at the SF Ballet’s website.

“The decision is made out of respect for the ongoing inquiry in London, the dance community at large, patrons of SF Ballet, families of the SF Ballet School, and artists of the Company,” the organization announced in a news release.



The Australian newspaper reported the Queensland Ballet suspended Scarlett, an artistic associate of the company, and canceled its planned productions of his ballet “Dangerous Liaisons.” Scarlett has created work for the New York City Ballet, Miami Ballet and more, according to the New York Times.

According to The Times of London, the 33-year-old is accused of inappropriate behavior with male students at the Royal Ballet School. Allegedly, students who accepted Scarlett’s advances were given better roles in his productions.