Final bow for ballet chief


WA Ballet chief executive Steven Roth is joining the Scottish National Ballet.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d448737
WA Ballet chief executive Steven Roth is joining the Scottish National Ballet. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d448737

The West Perth resident this month starts his new role of executive director at the Scottish National Ballet in Glasgow after nine years with WA Ballet.

Kings Park will be the last place Mr Roth visits before flying out.

“I come jogging around here every night and often stop and take a snap and send it to someone and say ‘where else would you get this’,” he said.

“One night there will be storm clouds and the next night the sky will be fiery red.

“I’ll do my jog around Kings Park the night before I fly out,” he said.

Mr Roth said he was glad to see the opening of Elizabeth Quay and would miss Perth’s climate and seafood.

The former conductor who studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts said he had only intended to stay in Perth for five years.

He said the obvious highlight over the past nine years had been the opening of the new WA Ballet Centre in Maylands.

“But there’s so much more than that… improving the repertoire considerably, bringing Sleeping Beauty here, increasing the number of dancers and quality of dancers,” he said.

There were 19 dancers when he joined the company in 2007. There are now 38.

He said his challenge with the Scottish National Ballet would be attracting oil and gas sponsorship.

“Woodside has been a partner (of WA Ballet) for so long,” he said.

“Scotland is reliant on resources and is feeling the downturn because of oil and gas prices.”

Mr Roth will join the Scottish National Ballet at the end of its season as they prepare a modern performance of Swan Lake by David Dawson, who is choreographing two pieces at Ballet at the Quarry.