I am delighted to welcome you to the 2023 Modern Ballet Graduation performances. The opportunity to be on stage is the highlight of the year for our students and particularly special for our graduates. The preparation for these performances started in February, when we invited four guest choreographers to Glasgow for an intensive rehearsal period to begin the creation of four of the works you will see on stage. Andrew McNicol, Daniel Davidson, Madeleine Squire and Nicholas Shoesmith each worked with a cohort of students to create, develop and rehearse these new pieces. This is an invaluable experience for the students – they learn how to contribute to a professional choreographic process, how to engage and pace themselves in rehearsals and how to adapt to a choreographer’s style and requirements.

Alongside continuing to rehearse these four works, some of our core team added their creative input – Diana Loosmore, Rowan McGregor and Fabrice Maufrais made new works which you will see performed. These diverse pieces are supplemented by traditional classical repertoire from The Sleeping Beauty. Finally, we are proud to include two student choreographies – the winner and highly commended entries from our annual choreographic competition, which was held in December. You will also witness the efforts of the production students during this performance, from stage management, to lighting, sound, costume, props and scenic artists, the ballet performance is a learning opportunity for more than just our dancers! We are grateful to them for their support.

The Modern Ballet programme at RCS has grown in both size and reputation since it started in 2009, which is down to the combined hard work of our talented students and the entire programme team, who are committed to providing the very best teaching and professional preparation. The performances you will see on stage are a result of the whole year’s work, as the students build their skills and experience in classes and rehearsals – we have a brilliant team of teachers and musicians who support the students’ learning. I am so grateful to all of them for the contribution each one of them makes and I would particularly like to thank Louisa Ross (Programme Co-ordinator) for everything she does for the students and staff on a daily basis.

I would also like to acknowledge the continued support of Scottish Ballet, which is so valuable to the students and staff alike.

We are privileged to be part of the journey of these amazing young artists – they inspire us and you will be impressed by their performances. Our 2023 graduates are a special group, who endured the longer restrictions of the pandemic at the start of their training and will graduate in a few weeks into the profession – they are talented, versatile dancers who are ready for their next steps.

Enjoy the show!

Kerry Livingstone
Head of Modern Ballet



The Sleeping Beauty: Prologue [excerpts]

Staged and choreographed by:  

Kerry Livingstone, Fabrice Maufrais and Louisa Ross (after Petipa) 

Music: The Sleeping Beauty Op.66 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  

Dancers: Year 3, Year 2, Year 1 



Choreographer: Nick Shoesmith 

Music: Corroder by John Lemke 

Dancers: Year 1 



Choreographer: Daniel Davidson 

Music: Numb by Andy Stott 

Dancers: PGD, Year 3 


Tribute to Prokofiev  

Choreographer: Fabrice Maufrais 

Music: Symphony No 1 in D: I. Allegro by Sergei Prokofiev 

Dancers: Year 2, Year 1  


Foreign Night

Choreographer: Li-Hsin Chu (Student) 

Music: Nocturne no. 4 in F by Frédéric Chopin  

Dancers: Year 1 


Too Darn Hot

 Choreographer: Rowan MacGregor 

Music: Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter (2019 ‘Kiss Me Kate’ Broadway Cast Recording)

Dancers: Year 3, Year 2, Year 1 




Grace and Gravity

 Choreographer: Andrew McNicol 

Music: Bach: The Cello Suites [excerpts] Recomposed by Peter Gregson 

Dancers: Year 3 



Winner of the 2022 Student Choreographic Competition 

Choreographer: Mabel Blair 


Smooth Breeze in Old Spruce Forest by Nordic Wilderness 

Orlando: Memory is the Seamstress from ‘Woolf Works’ by Max Richter 

Andante Con Moto – Strings in E-flat Minor (from ‘Succession’) by Nicholas Britell 

Respite by Goldmund 

Dancers: Years 1 


The Bloom

Choreographer: Madeline Squire 

Music: Red Sex by Vessel 

Dancers: Year 2 



Choreographer: Diana Loosmore 


Sleep Walk (Vivaldi Sleep Project) by David le Page  

Figured it out by Jonny Greenwood  

Valley of Detachment by Angèle David-Guillou 

Dancers: Year 3 

All Y3 Ballet student headshots by AndyRossImages

Modern Ballet Students 2022/23

Year 1

Anna Bremner  

Antonia Cramb  

Charlotte Norman  

Chloe Pearce  

Evie Ryles  

Georgia Berry  

Isabella Partridge  

Li-Hsin Chu  

Mabel Blair 

Melissa Oxley  

Ruby Chisholm-Beyer  

Sophie Passant  

Elsa Cloutier 

Devon Martirez y McFarland 

Francis Thomas 

Nicolas Pereira da Silva 

Hamish Wood 


IFC (International Foundation Course) 

Aya Nishimura 

Yui Yamato 

Year 2

Lily Mowbray  

Zara Bell  

Jodie Sunley  

Olivia Harrison  

Siân James  

Mia Nicholas  

Sophie Gray  

Olivia Hunter  

Ellwyn Yardley 

Layla Bruce 

Tahlia Buckley  

Iana Phillips  

Rose Barford  

Hikaru Yoneyama  

Kei Yoneyama  

Miyu Takasugi  

Aoife Rosenmeier 

Amelie Watson 

Phoebe Watson 

Elizabeth Williams 

Year 3

Madeleine Lacroix  

Kazuko Sakaguchi  

Alice Abbott  

Yidie (Lydia) Liu  

Emmeline Bywater 

Mouna Boussaha  

Georgia Richardson  

Norah Jeffery  

Celeste Fernandes 

Freya Ryan-Brown  

Katie Williams  

Grace Wilson  

Caitlyn Carr

Lily Pakula 

Katelyn Robbins  

Caitlin Brolly  

Kirsten Russell  

Kira Dillon  

Linyue Zhao 

Seamus Smith  

Oliver Grant  

Robbie Fisher 

Hamish Vipond  

Joshua Winter-Wright  

Aidan Jolliffe-Byrne  

Josiah Batt  

Professional Graduate Diploma

Ayumi Akao  

Eleanor Lewis  

Laura Kightley  

Zack Pye  

Production Students

BA Production Arts and Design

Sophie Sholl: Scenic Back Cloth Designer

Charlie Brooksbank: Scenic Artist

Jacob Martin: Scenic Artist

Ned Mundy: Scenic Artist

Alastair Murray: Scenic Artist

Hope Drummond: Scenic Artist

BA Production Technology and Management

Caitlin Riddell: Stage Manager

Caitlin is a Freelance Stage Manager from Lossiemouth, Scotland. They have a wide range of experience in Theatre including but not limited to: Contemporary Art, Musical Theatre, Plays, Dance, Festivals and Devised Work. Caitlin has spent their time in RCS growing their skills as a Stage Manager, while gaining key knowledge in Lighting, Sound and Technical Stage. Caitlin is excited to apply their can-do attitude to grow as a professional in the industry. Caitlin looks forward to begin their professional career this summer as Deputy Stage Manager for this years Bard in the Botanics productions of Henry IV and Jekyll and Hyde 

Rhia Mitsuhashi: Video Designer

Rhia is a third year lighting student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Currently she is developing her skills as a video and lighting designer and programmer. Coming from a background in graphic design, art and illustration she has always had a love for visual storytelling. She hopes to develop her lighting and video design skills to create immersive environments and experiences within the realm of live performance with elements of magic and illusion! Currently, she is building her knowledge of 3D and real time animation techniques.  

Reegan Graham: Assistant Production Manager

Reegan is a Glasgow based Stage Manager who has a background in Acting and Performing and through that, found his love of Stage Management. Reegan has an interest in a wide variety of styles of theatre including Musical Theatre, contemporary plays, devised theatre, and original works. Most recently, Reegan had the privilege to join the team at NTS as placement on Dear Billy before it went on tour.

On this production, Reegan has ventured into the world of Production Management for the first time, and is excited to apply these new skills when he starts his professional career, starting with Big Fish as an Assistant Stage Manager at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.

Credits include: Little Women (RCS), Merrily We Roll Along (RCS), Exodus (National Theatre of Scotland), Gloria (RCS), The Dutch Courtesan (RCS), Thebans (RCS), The Pajama Game (RCS)

Robyn Wendy Johnstone: Deputy Stage Manager

Robyn is a second-year stage management student from Dundee. This is the first time they have been a DSM at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. With an affinity for Musical Theatre, Robyn has thoroughly enjoyed their time on the Ballet and has enjoyed exploring a new environment and role. They are looking forward to future shows they’ll work on at RCS in the coming year.  

Credits Include: Merrily We Roll Along (ASM, RCS), Macbeth and Coriolanus (Book Cover, RCS), As You Like it (ASM, RCS), Hansel Und Gretel (TSD, RCS), Sweeney Todd (LX, RCS)

Rory Campbell: Stage Supervisor

Rory is a second-year technical stage student from Glasgow. He has had the pleasure of working for a wide range of shows and with a plethora of companies, from festivals across Scotland to productions with the National Theatre of Scotland.  

Rory currently works in the live events industry as a freelance technician.

Credits include: Stereo Funk Festival (Video Engineer), Jupiter Artland Festival (Lighting Technician), A Night With Bond Concert (Sound Engineer, Tall Poppy Events), Medea (Lighting Technician, NTS)  

Jamie Partridge: Assistant Stage Manager

Lara Cassidy: Stage Technician

David Kyle: Stage Technician

Toby Cass: Head of Flys

Jamie Burke: Deputy Production Electrician

Viola Fowler: Lighting Designer

Dominic De Mountfalcon: Lighting Programmer

Daniel Barclay: Lighting Technician

Saul Johnstone: Sound Technician

Modern Ballet Team 2022/23

Programme Team

Kerry Livingstone: Head of Modern Ballet  

Louisa Ross: Programme Coordinator  

Fabrice Maufrais: Ballet, Pas de deux, Virtuosity, Repertoire  

Kara McLaughlin: Ballet, Pointe Work, Repertoire  

Diana Loosmore: Contemporary, Choreography, Improvisation  

Michael Barnett: Staff Accompanist  

Lucy Barnes: Ballet, Pointe Work, Repertoire 

Rowan MacGregor: Jazz  

Glauco Di Lieto: Ballet, Pas de deux, Virtuosity, Conditioning  

Maria Jimenez: Ballet, Repertoire, Conditioning  

Matthew Broadbent: Ballet, Pas de Deux, Virtuosity 

Aya Kobayashi: Contemporary  

Lewis Normand: Contemporary, Choreography and Creative 

Ruth Mills: Contemporary  

Heather Rikic: Cunningham Technique 

Bethany Whiteside: Contextual Studies  

Production Team

Avalon Hernandez: Production Manager

Reegan Graham: Assistant Production Manager

Caitlin Riddell: Stage Manager

Robyn Wendy Johnstone: Deputy Stage Manager

Eve Imrie: Stage Management Mentor

Jamie Partridge: Assistant Stage Manager

Rory Campbell: Stage Supervisor

Lara Cassidy: Stage Technician

Toby Cass: Head of Flys

David Kyle: Stage Technician

Ellie Thompson: Video Technician

Tim Reid: Video Design Mentor

Mhairhi Burton Coyle: Production Electrician

Jamie Burke: Deputy Production Electrician

Dominic De Mountfalcon: Lighting Programmer

Daniel Barclay: Lighting Technician

Saul Johnstone: Sound Technician

Sam Russell: Costume Assistant

Charlie Brooksbank: Scenic Artist

Jacob Martin: Scenic Artist

Ned Mundy: Scenic Artist

Alastair Murray: Scenic Artist

Hope Drummond: Scenic Artist

Digital innovation work in the performance funded by the William Grant Foundation

Creative Team