Birmingham Royal Ballet First Artist & Choreographer Ruth Brill on stepping off the stage to focus on choreography

Ruth Brill Birmingham Royal Ballet. Photo by Richard Battye

In this podcast, we talk to Birmingham Royal Ballet First Artist and Choreographer Ruth Brill about her decision to hang up her pointe shoes to focus on a full-time choreographic career.

Ruth talks about her distinguished ballet career that saw her dance with the English National Ballet for 5 years before heading to Birmingham Royal Ballet – a company that became her home for the last 7 years and who nurtured her choreographic talent.

Ruth talks about her decision to retire from the stage as she was heading towards her last performance in the company’s final programme in London under the directorship of the esteemed David Bintley CBE.

As part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s [Un]leashed at Sadler’s Wells, Ruth presented her reimagined Peter and The Wolf, which the audience absolutely loved. Listen to Ruth talk about how she created this modern ballet, working to a complex brief.

She also talks about the future as a freelance choreographer and her upcoming projects including her role as Interim Artistic Director/Choreographer for National Youth Ballet, plus creating works for London Childen’s  Ballet.

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Ruth Brill. Photo by Alex Fine
Ruth Brill. Photo by Alex Fine
Ruth Brill in class ©Tim Cross
Ruth Brill in class ©Tim Cross
Birmingham Royal Ballet - Peter and the Wolf: Laura Day as Peter. Photo by Andrew Ross
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Peter and the Wolf: Laura Day as Peter. Photo by Andrew Ross
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