Roderick George (choreography)
Collaboration with LACDC: Tainted, which premiered at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in January 2020.
Roderick George was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he began his studies and classical training at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy. Roderick continued to develop his skill by exploring modern technique at The Alvin Ailey School, all the while developing a collaboration of the techniques at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. After his general studies Roderick left his hometown and assimilated in New York City, where he began his undergraduate studies at SUNY Purchase College in 2003.
Before starting his professional career, he was a bronze winner of the Youth American Grand Prix competition in New York City in 2005 and was elected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 2003, where he performed for the US President at the Kennedy Center. Roderick joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2005, which was very early on in his career engraving the beginning of his footprints in the dance world. Roderick explored more of New York as he danced with Sidra Bell Dance NY, and the Kevin Wynn Collection, until he decided to move abroad to Switzerland where Roderick joined the Basel Ballet/ Theater Basel in 2007 and later to guest with the Goteborg Operan DansKompani in 2012.
Beginning of February of 2014, Roderick moved on to be be under the direction of William Forsythe with The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany. His career has embraced the collaborations of his work and other great choreographers such as Marie Chouinard, Peeping Tom, Jorma Elo, Jacopo Godani, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylian, Sharon Eyal, Ohan Naharin, Benoit Swan-Pouffer, Richard Wherlock, and many others.
Along with his talent as a dancer, Roderick also found a passion for choreography since the early years of 2002. At the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the school enhances and coaches the dancers to work with improve studies and composition at a very young age, heightening creativity prior to university. Thus noting other prodigious achievements alongside his selection as Presidential Scholar for the NFAA ARTS competition, Roderick was named Honorable Mention for his first choreography also by the ARTS Association in 2003.
Later he was able to showcase his work at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, in the DanceLab at Ballett Basel and one of the main choreographers with the Ballett Basel School, and The Suburbia project, with the Goteborg Operan DansKompani. Roderick was selected to be an Emerging Choreographer for Springboard Dans Montreal in the summer of 2013. Roderick was also nominated to be a choreographer and performer at the Emerging Choreographer Series for the Youth American Grand Prix of 2012, where he continues to use prior knowledge and experiences to not only improve his choreographic work but also his talent and development as a contemporary performer.