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Bruce Simpson

Bruce Simpson was named the artistic director of the Louisville Ballet in July 2002. He has been an integral part of the international ballet world for more than 30 years, combining a global view with an unrelenting dedication to dance as a transcendent experience for performers and audiences alike.

ballet dancers Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Bruce studied at the Scottish Ballet School in Edinburgh. With firm grounding in the fundamentals of classical ballet and a natural ability to convey the full palette of dance expression on stage, he started his career as a young professional dancer with Wuppertal Dance Company in Germany. Then, in 1970, he was recruited by South Africa’s State Theatre Ballet (STB), part of a conglomerate of performing arts groups that included opera, symphony, theater, and dance. The PACT (Performance Arts Council of the Transvaal) Ballet in Pretoria, South Africa, later renamed the State Theatre Ballet, became his home for the next 30 years.

In South Africa, Bruce rose through the ranks to principal dancer in 1975, performing major roles in classical and contemporary ballets and staging works by some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Lev Ivanov, Sir Kenneth Macmillian, and Choo San Goh, among many others. Bruce danced an extensive repertory, ranging from the great classical roles through dramatic and pure dance works to character parts.

Having received numerous awards in recognition of his interpretation of the classics, he has distinguished himself in more recent years as a character dancer with acclaimed performances in The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Graduation Ball. Several of Bruce’s performances have been acknowledged for excellence by awards from major corporate, fine arts, and performing organizations in South Africa.


Program 503

The international influences brought to the Louisville Ballet by new artistic director Bruce Simpson, a mural restoration project, and the sounds of “corporate” rock from the Accountants. (#503)

Program 591

The international influences brought to the Louisville Ballet by new artistic director Bruce Simpson, a mural restoration project, and the sounds of “corporate” rock from the Accountants. (#591)





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