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Texas Ballet Theater cuts ties with choreographer accused of sexual misconduct

TBT cuts ties with choreographer accused of sexual misconduct

Texas Ballet Theater presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Texas Ballet Theater was to have concluded the season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Steven Visneau

Texas Ballet Theater has canceled an upcoming U.S. premiere and severed ties with the London-based choreographer amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

"Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) has suspended all engagements with choreographer Liam Scarlett due to allegations of misconduct at the Royal Ballet Company in London," the DFW company said in a programming announcement posted on Facebook January 30. "TBT has halted all future engagements with Scarlett pending the results of the investigation into these allegations. "

This includes Scarlett's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was to have made its U.S. premiere at Bass Performance Hall from May 8-10, followed by a run at Dallas' Winspear Opera House, May 15-17.

The performances would have been accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Opera Orchestra, respectively.

It would have been Scarlett's first piece performed by TBT. A replacement work has not been announced.

"The company will inform the public and all ticket holders regarding programming updates as soon as information is available," they say.

According to The Guardian, Scarlett, 33 has been suspended from the Royal Ballet, where he is an artist-in-residence, amid an internal investigation of claims of sexual misconduct by former and current dancers. No findings have been made against him, the newspaper reported, but it is thought that the claims may span a decade.

"TBT is dedicated to creating a safe environment for its artists, students, staff and patrons," the company says. "The company has a strict code of conduct and a zero-tolerance policy."

They are not commenting further "due to the ongoing investigation and out of respect for those involved."