Ruth Brill Birmingham Royal Ballet. Photo by Richard Battye

Ahead of performances of her bold new take on the classic fable of Peter and the Wolf as part of the [Un]leashed triple bill, we are excited to announce that Birmingham Royal Ballet First Artist Ruth Brill will be taking the next step in her choreographic journey at the end of this season.

Ruth will be leaving the Company to concentrate on her choreography full time and will take her last curtain call as a dancer on Saturday 29 June at Sadler’s Wells.

After the Birmingham and London premieres of Peter and the Wolf, alongside works by Didy Veldman and Jessica Lang, this summer Ruth will be staging Cathy Marston’s Ballet Shoes for London Children’s Ballet, creating a new work for New English Ballet Theatre’s Choreographic Lab and taking on the role as Interim Artistic Director/Choreographer for National Youth Ballet.

Ruth Brill comments:

“Moving to BRB was the best decision of my career so far. I have had incredible opportunities here to perform a broad repertoire and have been surrounded by many kind, creative and grounded people. This has been life changing. I never expected to find something that gives me as much joy and satisfaction as performing on stage. However, in the past few years, choreography has grown to be my passion. The opportunity to make new work and create something out of nothing is thrilling. I’m so thankful for the chances I have been given to develop as a choreographer, and for all the support and encouragement I have received. Especially to David Bintley for having faith in me, taking a risk on me and giving me a shot. You can only prove yourself when given the opportunity to do so. Now I need to move forward and embrace the new challenges in front of me. It is the right moment for me to jump.”

Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet David Bintley comments:

“I am very proud of Ruth and the journey she has begun during her time at BRB. I am a great believer in nurturing and encouraging choreographic talent and Ruth has created some impressive pieces for the Company already, the most recent being her entertaining and imaginative adaptation of Peter and the Wolf. I wish Ruth every success in the future and look forward to following her career.”

Ruth Brill’s final performance as a dancer will be Hobson’s Choice at Sadler’s Wells on Saturday 29 June, 7.30pm.

Peter and the Wolf will be performed as part of [Un]leashed at Birmingham Hippodrome and Sadler’s Wells London.