Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre have announced that Fleur Darkin, Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre will be leaving to seek new challenges.

Fleur has led the artistic direction of Scottish Dance Theatre for six successful and productive years during which it has gone from strength to strength as a major force in national and international contemporary dance.

Ed Troughton, Chair, said: “It is with regret that we announce Fleur is leaving. On behalf of the entire Board, we would like to thank her for her hard work and commitment during her time here and we wish her all the best in the future.”

Under Fleur’s direction, Scottish Dance Theatre’s has toured extensively across Scotland and the UK, and to Sweden, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Korea, Romania, Belgium, Serbia, Brazil, Hungary and France, with repeated tours in India, China and Mexico. The company has produced 23 new works and worked with more than 90 artists, growing income by 20% during her tenure.

Highlights of Fleur’s work with the company include SisGo (Edinburgh International Festival), and Innocence (130 performances and still touring). Fleur’s first original work for the company, Miann, was awarded Linbury Prize and Glasgow 2014 commission and featured as part of the cultural program at Brazil Olympics 2016. Velvet Petal, a co-commission by Cervantino Festival (Mexico) and Tramway, will tour the UK again in 2019 and was winner of the 2017 Lustrum Award.

Andrew Panton, Joint CEO/Artistic Director of Dundee Rep, added: “From everyone here at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, we would like to wish Fleur all the very best with her future artistic projects which we know will be exciting.”

Fleur Darkin commented: “It has been a privilege to work in an organisation that I love, and to have led Scottish Dance Theatre as it has gone from strength to strength as a major force in national and international contemporary dance.  It has been an honour to be an ambassador for Scotland and Dundee across the world.  I will miss the whole Scottish Dance Theatre team dearly, as I will miss the community of people in our building. Metamorphosis is important for me as an artist and it’s time to grow forwards to new ideas. My thanks to our audiences, particularly our loyal home crowd, stakeholders and to peer artists and colleagues across Scotland whose generosity and high standards make it such an exciting place to work. The Scottish Dance Theatre team’s expertise and commitment have elevated the vision into a beautiful body of work that we all share credit for.”

Paul Burns, interim Head of Dance at Creative Scotland, said: “In the past six years, Fleur’s contribution to the work of Scottish Dance Theatre and the Scottish dance community in general has had a significant impact.  Her time with the company has seen it performing the work of world-class artists on stages across the globe and receiving widespread critical acclaim, not least for Fleur’s own choreography.

“On behalf of Creative Scotland, I would like to wish her well with her future plans and thank her for the contribution she has made, both as artist and as an advocate for the wide range of great dance work being made in Scotland.”