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Benoit Swan Pouffer named artistic director of Rambert

Benoit Swan Pouffer. Photo: Camilla Greenwell Benoit Swan Pouffer. Photo: Camilla Greenwell
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Rambert has appointed Benoit Swan Pouffer as its new artistic director.

Pouffer has been acting as guest director of the contemporary dance company since April following the departure of Mark Baldwin, who stepped down after 15 years.

His work with the company so far has included Grey Matter, the piece which launched Rambert’s ensemble of early-career dancers, Rambert2, at Sadler’s Wells in November.

Prior to his work with Rambert, Pouffer was artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York, a role he held for a decade. He was previously a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

He becomes the eighth artistic director in the company’s 92-year history, and will work alongside chief executive Helen Shute.

Pouffer said: “I grew up seeing Rambert as an iconic institution and would never have dared to dream I would one day be leading it. Even after 92 years you’ve only seen a fraction of what Rambert has to offer.”

He added: “I look forward to leading a company that is exciting, inclusive and different, and sharing the incredible passion inside this organisation with audiences around the UK and the world.”

Chair Howard Panter described Pouffer as an “outstanding candidate for the position of artistic director”.

“His vision for the company is inspiring and I have been blown away by the success of his guest tenure. He is an international leader in dance, and it is incredibly exciting to have a new voice in British dance leading a national company such as Rambert,” he said.

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