Aarne Kristian Ruutu

Principal Dancer


Aarne Kristian Ruutu was appointed Principal Dancer with The Norwegian National Ballet in 2012. That same year, he received the Critics' Award for his interpretation of Mercutio in Corder's Romeo and Juliet, a role the jury felt was his «…absolute breakthrough. So strong, while also light and playful.»

Other major principal roles include the Prince in The Nutcracker, Escamillo in Scarletts Carmen, Stiva in Spucks Anna Karenina, Ferdinand in Tetley's The Tempest and Koschei in Scarlett's Firebird, one of several roles created for him. He has also danced the part as the ballerina Lucile Grahn en pointe in Pas de Quatre. Ruutu has danced prominent roles in a long list of modern works, including Kylián's Bella Figura, 27'52", Wings of Wax, Sarabande, Symphony of Psalms, Soldiers' Mass and Tar and Feathers. He has also worked extensively with choreographers such as Lightfoot and León, Duato and Forsythe. His work with the latter includes the choreography The Vertiginous Thrill Of Exactitude.

In other performance spaces he has danced the principal role in La Vivandiere, as well as D'Artagnan, Athos and Aramis in The Three Musketeers and Basil in Don Quixote.

Ruutu trained at the School of Ballet in his home town of Vantaa in Finland and the Ballet School attached to the Finnish National Ballet, and danced with Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris before moving to Oslo in 2001. He has performed on many international stages, including the Palais Garnier in Paris and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He won the the Nordic Baltic Ballet Competition in Sweden in 1999, and in 2001 he took second place in the Luxembourg International Ballet Competition.