(b Marburg, 28 Sep. 1969)
German dancer, choreographer and director. He trained at the John Cranko School, graduating in 1993 and performing first in Brussels (Needcompany and Rosas), then from 1995 with Stuttgart Ballet. He created his first work in 1996 for the Noverre Society but two years later had his first commission for Stuttgart Ballet and in 2001 was appointed the company's choreographer in residence. His style fused a sharp neo-classical aesthetic with a post-modern theatricality, as in his first full-length ballet Lulu: A Monster Tragedy (mus. Shostakovitch, Berg, and Schöenberg) which he created for Stuttgart in 2001. Other works in a similar vein have included The Children (based on Edward Bond's Play, Aalto Ballet Essen, 2004), The Return of Ulysses (The Royal Ballet of Flanders, mus. Purcell and others, 2006), and Der Sandmann (mus. Schumann and Martin Donner, 2006) and Don Q (mus. Martin Donner, 2007) both for Stuttgart.
He has gained an international reputation, additionally choreographing for Aterballetto (Morphing, 1999), New York City Ballet (Adagio for 6 Dancers, mus. Mozart, 2000) and The Royal Swedish Ballet (Le tableau perdu, mus. Mendelssohn, 2007), also for Hubbard Street Dance 2 (Chicago) where he took up a second resident choreographer post in 2006. In 2010 he was appointed artistic director of Zurich Ballet.
http://www.christianspuck.com Personal website for C. Spuck