About George Williamson
George Williamson (CBA ’20) is an established British choreographer working in classical and contemporary ballet. After his first professional commission Firebird for English National Ballet at London’s Coliseum, he was appointed as Associate Artist with the company. Now a freelance choreographer, Williamson has collaborated with various designers and artists and produced work on-site at the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Buckingham Palace, where his ballet Tempus was commissioned for the Queen’s Coronation festival. He has produced ballets for Dutch National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Lithuanian National Ballet, New English Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet and, most recently, his ballet Embrace for Birmingham Royal Ballet premiered at Sadler’s Wells in London. Williamson received a nomination for the Prix Benois de la Danse, was a Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative finalist, and won the 2017 Milwaukee Ballet Genesis Competition.
At CBA, Williamson aims to develop a new way of working with classical language, exploring how to engage with complicated current issues through ballet without either diluting the art form or descending into cliché. Working intimately with a group of dancers and collaborating with dramaturgs and contributors from other fields, he will develop a way of working which seeks to allow him to tell complex, contemporary narratives through ballet. He intends to challenge how classical dance is seen, to expand his skills as a choreographer, and to develop a way of creating ballets that engage with a diverse, modern audience in new and innovative ways.