London — British star choreographer Liam Scarlett has died, whose career has been clouded by allegations of abuse. He was 35 years old.
“It’s very sad to announce the tragic and premature death of our beloved Liam,” Scarlett’s family said on Saturday.
“Please respect our privacy in order to mourn our losses during this difficult time for our entire family,” the family said in a statement. The cause of death was not immediately revealed.
Scarlet was trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and danced with the company before devoting himself to choreography.
He was nominated as an artist-in-residence for the Royal Ballet in 2012 and has produced several highly acclaimed works such as “The Age of Anxiety,” “Symphonic Dances,” and “Aspederos Guy.” He created Jubilee Pas de Deux to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s throne in 2012, and created a new Swan Lake for the company in 2018. ..
He has worked worldwide with companies such as the New York City Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet, the Miami City Ballet and the Queensland Ballet in Australia.
Scarlet was suspended by the Royal Ballet in 2019 after a former student alleged sexual misconduct. The company said in a March 2020 survey that “there was nothing to pursue,” but ended its relationship with Scarlett and canceled the planned production of his work.
This week, the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen has canceled Scarlett’s “Frankenstein” performance next year following similar complaints from people who worked with Scarlett, the Times of London reported.
The Royal Opera House, home of the Royal Ballet, said on Twitter: Our idea is with his friends and family during this very sad time. “