Our vision is that young people will create the ballet of the future.

Ruth Brill

Ruth trained at Tring Park School and English National Ballet School. She danced with English National Ballet from 2007 – 2012, and then moved to Birmingham Royal Ballet, attracted by their broader repertoire and the opportunity to work with David Bintley. Ruth was promoted to First Artist in 2014 and in the summer of 2019 is retiring from dancing to pursue her choreographic career full time.

Ruth’s formal commissions for Birmingham Royal Ballet include Rhapsody in Blue (2014), Matryoshka (2015), Arcadia (2017), which was short listed for the FEDORA prize, and most recently, Peter and the Wolf (2019). Ruth has also choreographed for the Future Dreams Charity Gala at the London Palladium (2018), community flash mobs for Birmingham Weekender (2015, 2017) and The Rugby World Cup Welcoming Ceremony for England (2015).

Current projects include Peter and the Wolf for Birmingham Royal Ballet, re-staging Cathy Marston’s production of Ballet Shoes for London Children’s Ballet and creating a new work for the New English Ballet Theatre Choreography Lab.

Ruth has been interviewed on BBC News, BBC Radio WM and BBC Radio 3 “In Tune”. Her television work includes An American in Paris at the Royal Variety Performance, the Peace One Day Concert at the O2, the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium and the Cecchetti Legacy Project at the Royal Opera House. Ruth has a strong interest in outreach work and has delivered various development programmes across the UK, France and USA.

Ruth danced with National Youth Ballet from 2004-2008. Her choreography for the Company includes Feeling Groovy (Assistant to Antony Dowson, 2011), Steamboat Summer (2017) and a new work for the 2019 season. As a guest artist, she performed Frank Freeman’s Impromptu (2011, 2016) and in Andrew McNicol’s Salute as a tribute to Jill Tookey (2016).

Ruth is proud to team up with Drew McOnie and Carrie Johnson as interim Artistic Director to guide our talented young company through an exciting 2019 Season.

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Ruth Brill
Artistic Director / Choreographer