Fleur Darkin

Fleur Darkin

"One of the most overtly theatrical choreographers of the British new wave" (The Observer), Darkin’s career has included choreographic stints at Laban, Royal Opera House, The Place and the 02. Former Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic, Darkin’s commissions include Jardin D’Europe, Linbury Trust, Jerwood, The Place Prize, and Glasgow 2014.


One of the most overtly theatrical choreographers of the British new wave (The Observer)



Fleur was appointed Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre in Autumn 2012 and has toured works with the company around the UK and to Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Korea, and many European countries. Prior to that, she was Artistic Director/CEO of Darkin Ensemble and Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic. She trained at Bretton Hall, Alvin Ailey (NYU) and graduated with a Masters from Leeds.

Fleur has won and been nominated for a number of awards (Jardin D’Europe, Linbury Trust, Jerwood, The Place Prize) and her recent commissions include Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (Havana), Royal Court Theatre (London), Shakespeare’s Globe (London), Abbey Theatre (Dublin), Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Darkin’s career has also included choreographic and educational stints at Prem International School (Thailand), Serviço Social do Comércio (Brazil), Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico), Adishakti (India) and Laban, Royal Opera House, The Place and The 02 (UK). Collaborations include productions with National Theatre of Scotland, Grid Iron, Stellar Quines, Dundee Rep Ensemble, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, and Glastonbury Festival.             

Darkin’s choreography has been described as ‘powerful and disturbing’ (The Stage), ‘always inventive’ (Telegraph) and as ‘politics comes to life in the body’ (New Statesman). Scottish Dance Theatre premiered her latest work, ‘Velvet Petal’, at Tramway (Glasgow) in May 2017 and she is currently developing further projects with the company with partners in Thailand, China, Cuba and Japan. 

“One of the most overtly theatrical choreographers of the British new wave” The Observer

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