Rambert appoints Helen Shute as new Chief Executive / Executive Producer

Rambert is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Shute as its new Chief Executive and Executive Producer, joining the company in March 2017.

Helen Shute

Helen Shute

Helen was a founder and Executive Director of Hofesh Shechter Company from 2008 – 2015, and joins Rambert from HOUSE Productions – a new television drama and feature film production company.

Helen comes to Rambert with over twelve years of experience working within the dance sector. She started her career at Woking Dance Festival before joining The Place as Programming Associate where she worked with many emerging choreographers, including Hofesh Shechter, producing his early works Uprising (2006) and In your rooms (2007). Together with Shechter, Helen founded Hofesh Shechter Company in 2008, and under her leadership the company grew to become a major national and international presence establishing significant partnerships with high profile venues in the UK and in major world cities.

Most recently Helen joined Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s HOUSE Productions as Chief Operating Officer, working with Ross and Howell to establish the company as a new home for talent across television drama and feature films. Helen has worked for other organisations such as London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) where she now serves on the board. She also currently sits on the boards of New Movement Collective and Aerowaves European dance network.

Sir Howard Panter, Chairman of Rambert said:
“I am truly excited that Helen is joining Rambert to lead it into a new period of visionary work and expansion. Helen blends enormous passion for new ideas, with the experience to appreciate the rich heritage of Rambert and its unique 90 years of dance history, which will serve Rambert brilliantly.”

Helen Shute said:
“I am delighted to join Rambert and the talented team of dancers, musicians, collaborators and my fellow arts professionals in their wonderful home on the South Bank. Mark Baldwin has built the most extraordinary, diverse and accomplished group of dancers working in the UK today, and I look forward to developing partnerships to bring them to many new places and audiences in the coming years.

Rambert’s commitment to developing choreographers and taking their work to audiences across the land, its dedication to live music, its extensive work with communities up and down the country, not to mention its heritage and world-class archive, position the company to be a major force for dance in the global arena and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell said:
“Helen has been a wonderful colleague – HOUSE will miss her but we’re thrilled for her that she’s been offered this brilliant opportunity, and thrilled for Rambert and for the audiences who love contemporary dance that Helen will be leading this great organisation into the future.”

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