Christopher Rudd is a Jamaican-born dance maker and 2019 Guggenheim Choreography Fellow. He began his training with Armour Dance Theatre and has performed with the Carolina Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and Cirque du Soleil. Rudd has choreographed for the Alvin Ailey School and Harlem Stage’s E-Moves, among other companies. In 2015, he founded RudduR Dance.
Christopher Rudd’s pas de deux Touché, choreographed for American Ballet Theatre during the onset of the pandemic, follows dancers João Menegussi and Calvin Royal III through a charged, vulnerable, and ultimately tender love story. In conversation with scholar Clare Croft, the artists reflect on the politics, poetics, and process of bringing this groundbreaking duet to life.