Originally from Brazil, João Menegussi began his professional dance studies at Tanz Akademie Zürich in 2012. Menegussi joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2016, becoming a member of the corps de ballet in 2018. His repertoire includes the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker and a featured role in Deuce Coupe.
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.