Ballet West has been awarded a Fellowship Initiative grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, to support the development of new choreography in a studio setting, reports BroadwayWorld.com. The choreographer will be Christopher Ruud.
Peter Martins, founder and artistic director of the Institute, states: “The Fellowship is meant to help ballet companies to create an environment in which a choreographer can develop ideas without the pressure of stage production. The Institute is committed to classical choreographers who will be creating works for the future.”
Ruud’s new work, Strum, features three separate sections for three different couples, each performed in a different style. Strum is set to Manuel M. Ponce’s “Preambulo and Allegro vivo,” performed by Christopher Parkening; “Bana Mali” by Bob Brozman and Debashish Bhattacharya; and “Sweet Little Angel” by B.B. King.
A native of San Francisco, Ruud studied for seven years at the San Francisco Ballet School before training at the University of Utah Ballet Department. Ruud joined Ballet West in 1998, was promoted to soloist in 2001, and principal in 2004. He begins full time as director of Ballet West II in July.
Son of respected dancer and choreographer Tomm Ruud, Christopher Rudd has set and performed his father’s ballets, such as Mobile, for companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet West, Joffrey Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet.