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About Peter Darrell

Among the young lions of new choreography who grew up in Britain’s post-war world it was Peter Darrell who emerged as the supreme master of narrative dance in classical ballet.

Few have ever excelled his ability to tell story in movement, though the stories he chose to tell were not the usual ones. Throughout his career he portrayed the flickering, fleeting workings of people’s inner selves, their unspoken thoughts and inner motivations in a way that only physical movement can, in ballets that were sometimes as shocking as they were revealing.

Darrell’s work changed the way people looked at ballet and permanently lodged in it dimensions of psychological truth and contemporary realism that offered dance an appeal far beyond its traditional audience. From his earliest revolutionary ensemble, Western Theatre Ballet through to the company he founded which became Scotland’s national ballet – The Scottish Ballet – Peter Darrell was a powerful force and a creator of uncommon brilliance.

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About the trust

The Peter Darrell Trust was formed in 1994, to safeguard the heritage of his creative achievement and to promote his work and his ideals.

Darrell died 25 years ago this December and to mark both that anniversary and the broadcast of the BBC’s newly commissioned documentary about his life, we are relaunching and expanding our website.

We would like to extend you a warm welcome and invite you to explore the work of a unique artist, and the Trust, throughout the following pages.

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