News: Christopher Marney joins Ballet Central as Artistic Director

Monday 25 April 2016 by Carmel Smith

Christopher Marney

Christopher Marney is to become the new Artistic Director of Ballet Central – the touring company whose members are Final Year students at the Central School of Ballet.

Probably best know as a principal dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Marney is also a choreographer – most recently for Ballet Black and the West End show McQueen the Play. He has also danced with many other companies, including Balletboyz, Michael Clark and the Göteborg ballet. Over the years he has received several nominations at the National Dance Awards. “I am thrilled to return after twenty years to the School that prepared me for my career and continue the ethos of my role model and teacher, the late Christopher Gable,” Marney said today.

Welcoming the appointment, Matthew Bourne said: “With the inspired appointment of Christopher Marney as Artistic Director of Ballet Central, the already strong links between my company, New Adventures and Central become even more significant and meaningful. Christopher is one of a string of exceptional dancers and performers from Ballet Central who have enriched my company over the last two decades and it is heartening to know that his matchless professionalism, work ethic and deep love and understanding of theatre and performance will be at the heart of his nurturing of these students as they transition into this competitive industry. I wish him well in this new and exciting venture but selfishly hope that he will return from time to time to continue his very fine career as a performer with New Adventures.”

Christopher Marney is currently on a New Adventures world tour of Sleeping Beauty. He will take up the new role at Ballet Central in September 2016.

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