RudduR Dance is proud to announce:
- June 2017: The Center for Justice at Columbia University names Christopher Rudd a finalist for the June Jordan Fellowship
- March 2017: CUNY Dance Initiative awards RudduR Dance a performance residency at Hostos Center for Arts & Culture
- March 2017: CUNY Dance Initiative Announces 2017-18 Residency Artists
- February 2017: RudduR Dance triumphantly returned from a three week - two city tour to Burkina Faso, West Africa at the invitation of Burkina Faso’s, ‘Mother of Dance,’ Irene Tassemebedo to participate in her 5th annual Ouagadougou International Dance Festival (FIDO). The Company presented three of its signature works and became the first company to exhibit a work showcasing aerial artistry in the country. As the American dance representatives, the U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso supported the eight person touring group for this and Aguibou Bougobali Sanou’s In-Out Dance festival in Bobo Dioulasso. As a member of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, this was truly a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. As cultural ambassadors, RudduR Dance spent 3 weeks teaching, performing, sharing, being inspired, and building relationships. We were featured by both festivals, presented on BF1’s national television show “La Télé S’Amuse,” showcased in Bobo Dioulasso’s prison, danced for the Burkina Faso’s Military Compound, and gave a command performance for the Mogho Naaba Roi de Mossé - the emperor of the Mossi people.
- February 2017: Ouagadougou: American Dancers meet Access Program Students - U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso
- February 2017: American Dancers at the In-Out Dance Festival - U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso
- February 2017: “The RudduR Dance Company of the United States of America impresses the public at the opening ceremony.” Burkina 24
- January 2017: The U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso, Arts Envoy, and World Learning awards RudduR Dance grants to augment our tour to Burkina Faso. In-Out Dance Festival in Bobo-Dioulasso added to our Itinerary. Now 8 artists traveling.
- January 2017: “Their dance is unheard of here” - Brenda Soya, Public Affairs Officer U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso quoted in the Burkina 24
- October 2016: During the choreographic residency at Vendetta Mathea’s La Maunfacture, we had the privilege of having President Emmanuel Macron (then a candidate) visit a rehearsal of "Witness."
- August 2016: At the invitation of African-American expat Vendetta Mathea and thanks to the The New World School of the Arts Alumni Foundation's Inspiration Grant, RudduR Dance is off to Aurillac, France on August 31st for a 6 week choreographic incubator at La Manufacture Aurillac to create Witness. This piece is a multimedia contemporary ballet inspired by the protests in 2014/15 following a series of killings of African-American males. Witness will be made in collaboration with artist/filmmaker Ty Hodges who is an alumnus of both the New World School of the Arts and Thomas Armour Youth Ballet.
- July 2016: A Tale of Two Cities - On August 20th, RudduR Dance successfully presented work at Norte Maar's Dance at Socrates in Long Island City, New York AND at New Century Dance Project in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- July 2016: The Dance Gallery Festival has chosen Christopher Rudd as one of their 10th Anniversary 'Level Up' choreographers. 'Level Up' is an evening showcase featuring three talented dance companies/choreographer. This program is meant to support artists that are ready to advance to the next level in the development and promotion of their work.
- July 2016: The Dance Gallery Festival has invited RudduR Dance to take part in their 'Texas Experience.' For the fifth consecutive year, the DGF has partnered with Sam Houston State University to cultivate relationships between students and professionals while providing exposure to participating companies.
- May 2016: We are excited to announce that RudduR Dance has accepted the official invitation and will be going to Burkina Faso in 2017! Through much travail, collaboration and thanks to your support, we are able to confirm our attendance in the fifth edition of the Ouagadougou International Dance Festival (FIDO) from January 21st – January 28, 2017.We apologize for the lull in communication. Personally and emotionally, it was a difficult call to postpone this tour. We felt as though we were letting you down by not being able to carry out the mission of this Kickstarter campaign. However, when we received the advisory from the U.S. Department of State, we felt like we made the right decision. Please note all of the funds have been placed in a trust and can only be used for FIDO related expenses.The entire company would like to thank you for your support and the trust that you have placed in me. I am profoundly humbled and appreciative of your endorsement, support and backing. Keep your eyes out for updates and more exciting announcements.
January 2016: Thank you once again for supporting RudduR Dance in its quest to share the beauty of dance with the people of Burkina Faso, Africa. Through your generosity and the generosity of others like you, RudduR Dance was able to achieve its Kickstarter Fundraising pledge target.
When my young dance company was selected to represent the United States at the 2016 Ouagadougou International Dance Festival in Burkina Faso, I thought funding the project would be our biggest challenge. However, recent terrorist activities in Ouagadougou have proven otherwise.
At 1:00 pm on January 20th, the Kickstarter Pledge Target was met with 8 hrs to go. My elation was short lived because a few hours later, at 6:00 pm EST, the U.S. State Department issued an advisory restricting travel to Burkina Faso, in light of attacks at the hotel in Ouagadougou by a group affiliated with Al Qaeda.
At 11:47 pm that night, I was contacted by someone from the State Department who suggested rescheduling the trip. I immediately emailed the U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso, and courtesy copied a trusted advisor, former Dean of Dance at the New World School of the Arts, Daniel Lewis. On the morning of January 21st, I was informed that continuing the trip to a country under travel advisory would be a tremendous liability. So, in the interest of my dancers’ safety, the trip has been postponed.
Since then, I have been looking for possible solutions that would be in keeping with the spirit of the project. Dean Lewis reached out to Dr. Joan Frosch, co-founder of The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, and author of the book “Building Enduring Partnerships.” Our initial conversations left me hopeful this delay will lead to a better opportunity for RudduR Dance in Africa, including a performance in Ouagadougou. The details will be shared with you as soon as they are ironed out.
Thanks again for your continued faith in me and RudduR Dance. Your donations will be held in trust by Miami Dance Future and applied to the rescheduled trip. I will keep you informed as we navigate the terrain of the geopolitical state of the world and propel RudduR Dance onto the international stage.
- December 2015: RudduR Dance needs your help to represent American dance in Burkina Faso, Africa at the 2016 Ouagadougou International Dance Festival. Please consider making a contribution to our Kickstarter campaign. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated and contributions of $25 or more are tax deductible. The value of your deduction will be reduced by any tangible benefits you receive.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1517771394/ruddur-dance-goes-to-africa
- December 2015: RUDDUR DANCE AWARDED PARTIAL FUNDING TO REPRESENT AMERICAN DANCE ABROAD - Thanks to Rapid Response, a project of American Dance Abroad, RudduR Dance was able to accept an invitation to The 2016 Ouagadougou International Dance Festival (FIDO) in Burkina Faso Africa. January 30th - Feb 6th! This is an incredible opportunity for us in this, our inaugural season! In addition to performing 2 of our signature pieces we will offer free workshops in ballet, contemporary dance, and aerial silk artistry to the local community.
- October 2015: RUDDUR DANCE GETS A MENTION - "Siren's Realm by RudduR Dance feels strong and complete". Quinn Batson, Offoffoff.com
- September 2015: RUDDUR DANCE GOES INTERNATIONAL- Company artist and Inaugural Donor Yusha-Marie Sorzano presents "…I See" at the CoCo Dance Festival on November 1st in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, her motherland.
- August 2015: RudduR Dance has been selected to present work for The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance's BlakTinX Performance Series on Saturday, November 21 8pm / $20
- July 2015: DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER, CHRISTOPHER RUDD, AWARDED FIRST INSPIRATION GRANT FROM NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS ALUMNI FOUNDATION
- June 2015: RudduR Dance has been invited to Notre Maar's Dance at Socrates 2015- a choreographic residency and performance series presented in partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park. August 10-15
- June 2015: RudduR Dance has been invited to The Dance Gallery Festival 2015- a choreographic residency and performance series presented in partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park. August 10-15
- May 2015: RudduR Dance makes its debut presentation with the premiere of "The Place Between- for Bob" at SLAM!
Friday and Saturday, June 26th and 27th, 8:00pm $10. Cash only (First-come, first-serve.)
51 North 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
I hope to see you there.
- May 2015: RudduR Dance named one of 73 Knight Foundation Finalist-
RudduR Dance: Providing unique opportunities for young dancers by creating a piece that roves throughout the Deering Estate, in partnership with Thomas Armour Youth Ballet.
- April 2015: Christopher Rudd was named one of 5 2015's emerging artists by STREB Lab for Action Mechanics ( SLAM)
- March 2015: "Christopher Rudd's masterful …I See,… left me wishing I could experience the piece again” -Sean Erwin, Art Burst Miami
- August 2013: "Christopher Rudd's choreography tells the story clearly… it all made perfect sense." -Philip Gardner, Oberon’s Grove