Christopher Ruud

Joined Ballet West: 1998
Promoted to Soloist: 2001
Promoted to Principal: 2004

2014–15 Season

  • Presto (Fonte) On Tour – Aspen Performing Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado
  • Mercurial Landescapes (Gates) On Tour – Aspen Performing Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado
  • Ruth, Ricordi Per Due (Arpino) (Grand America Hotel Ballroom, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Giselle (Sklute after Perrot/Coralli) Prince Albrecht, Hilarion, (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) On Tour- Austad Auditorium, Ogden, Utah Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) On Tour – Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) Snow King, Sugar Plum Cavalier, Waltz of the Flowers Soloist, Arabian Soloist, (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • Swan Lake (Sklute, after Petipa) Prince Siegfried, Spanish Variation, (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • Games (Pickett) On Tour – Joyce Theater, New York City, New York
  • Presto (Fonte) On Tour – Joyce Theater, New York City, New York
  • The Lottery (Caniparoli) On Tour – Joyce Theater, New York City, New York, Mr. Summers
  • Almost Tango (Fonte) Principal (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) Man 1 (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour -Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) On Tour -Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Man #1
  • The Lottery (Caniparoli) On Tour – On Tour -Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Mr. Summers
  • Pulse (Fry) (Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Presto (Fonte)(Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Facades (Smith) (Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Presto (Fonte) On Tour – Belcher Center, Longview, Texas
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour – Belcher Center, Longview, Texas
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) On Tour – Winspear Opera House, Dallas, Texas, Man #1
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour – Winspear Opera House,Dallas, Texas

2013–14 Season

  • The Sleeping Beauty (Sklute after Petipa) – Prince Desire, King
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King, Flowers Lead
  • The Firebird (Christensen) – Ivan Tsarevich
  • Petite Mort (Kylian) – 3rd pas de deux
  • Coppelia – pas de deux
  • The Sixth Beauty (Neenan) – Principal

Choreography

  • Great Souls

On Tour

  • The Sleeping Beauty (Sklute after Petipa) – Prince Desire – Chicago Auditorium Theatre
  • Rubies (Balanchine) – principal– Chicago Auditorium Theatre
  • The Lottery (Caniporoli) – Mr. Summers– Chicago Auditorium Theatre

2012–13 Season

  • Cinderella (Ashton) – The Prince, Step-Sister
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King
  • Jewels (Balanchine) – Rubies principal
  • Bolero (Fonte) – soloist
  • But Never Doubt I Love (Pickett) – First Duet

Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Him

  • The Lottery (Caniporoli) – Mr. Summers
  • Mercurial Landscape (Gates)

Choreography

  • Trapped

On Tour

  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavelier – The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

2011–12 Season

  • Don Quixote (Holmes after Petipa) – Basilio
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier,
  • Petite Mort (Kylian) – 3rd pas de deux
  • Ruth, Ricordi per Due (Arpino)

Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Him

  • Descent (Bearden) – The Grand Duke
  • Eenvoudig (Adams)

On Tour

  • Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Chicago Dancing Festival
  • The Four Temperaments (Balanchine) – Melancholic – Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts
  • Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

2010–11 Season

  • The Sleeping Beauty (world premiere Sklute after Petipa) – Prince Desire, Suitor from the South
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King
  • The Four Temperaments (Balanchine) – Melancholic
  • Carmina Burana (Butler) – principal
  • Sinfonietta (Kylian)
  • Bolero (Fonte) – soloist
  • Kerrmesse in Brugges pas de deux

Choreography

  • Trapped

On Tour

  • Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Serenade (Balanchine) – Waltz lead – Chicago Dancing Festival

2009–10 Season

  • Swan Lake (world premiere of Sklute after Petipa) – Prince Siegfried
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier
  • The Dream (Ashton) – Oberon
  • Serenade (Balanchine) – Waltz Lead
  • Stars & Stripes (Balanchine) – principal

Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Him

  • Row (Boye-Christensen)
  • But Never Doubt I Love (Pickett ) – first duet

On Tour

  • Red Angels (Dove), Black Swan pas de deux – Laguna Dance Festival

Additional Information: Son of respected dancer and choreographer Tomm Ruud, Christopher is responsible for his father’s works. He has set and performed his father’s ballets, such as MOBILE, for companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet Co. He can be seen as a guest artist in frequent performances throughout the US.

After 15 years as a dancer with Ballet West, Christopher has added choreographer to his responsibilities. His works Without Fall and Trapped were performed at the 2012 Gala and Innovations program. In 2012 he was awarded a Fellowship Initiative grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, enabling him to create his recent piece, Strum.