News: Christopher Bruce CBE

Friday 7 April 2006

Christopher Bruce Honours for Christopher Bruce
On 14 November, Christopher Bruce CBE, Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company retired after eight and a half years in post. As a dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director he has been associated with the company for over 40 years. Rambert’s performance at Sadler’s Wells on 14 November was dedicated to Christopher in recognition of his outstanding work and career with the company.
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At the end of the performance Christopher Bruce was joined on stage by all of Rambert’s dancers, current staff and artists representatives of his time with Rambert as a performer, choreographer and Artistic Director. Prudence Skene, Chairman of Rambert’s board of directors, led the tribute. Lucy Burge spoke on behalf of Glen Tetley the choreographer of Pierrot Lunaire, a role that Christopher made famous. John Chesworth, on behalf of Norman Morris, a former Artistic Director of Rambert after Dame Marie Rambert, acknowledged Christopher’s early choreographic opportunities, while Steven Brett, Rambert’s current Associate Artistic Director, recognised Christopher’s most recent achievements. The tribute was concluded by Mark Baldwin a former Rambert dancer and Christopher’s successor as Artistic Director.
Later that evening, Linda Wilkinson, Chair of Amnesty International UK presented Christopher with an Honorary Life Membership of Amnesty International, in recognition of his achievements in the field of dance and human rights. Many of his works such as Swansong, Ghost Dances and Hurricane incorporate themes of poverty, persecution and abuse of human rights.

Ms Wilkinson said “The arts have an important role to play in exploring social issues. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have the benefit of Christopher’s brilliant illumination of human rights concerns and would like to thank Christopher and Rambert for their important contribution in the fight for human rights”.

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