Fonds - Richard Rutherford fonds

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Richard Rutherford fonds

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  • 1959- 2014 (Creation)
  • 1959- 2014 (Creation)
    Rutherford, Richard

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1 folder of textual material + 18 photographs

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(1935 - present)

Biographical history

Richard Rutherford was born in Georgia on March 28, 1935 and trained at the School of American Ballet Theatre and with Robert Joffrey. He performed with the Westchester Ballet Company for two years before arriving in Winnipeg in September of 1957 to dance with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. During the summer, he would perform on the television series “Toes in Tempo” and on Rainbow Stage. He was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1959. When he retired from dancing in 1970, he stayed with the RWB to serve as Associate Artistic Director for seven years. From 1977 to 1995 he was the Dance Officer in the Awards Service with the Canada Council of the Arts. After his retirement in 1995, he served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights.
Since his departure from the RWB in 1977, he has returned twice: once to coach the Professional Division in their 1991 performance of the Bitter Weird, and once to speak at the school’s 2009 graduation.

Custodial history

The records of Richard Rutherford came to the Royal Winnipeg Archives as part of a transfer of records from Richard Rutherford, the RWB and were also collected by members of the RWB Alumni Association.

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The Richard Rutherford fonds includes the following series: records of the RWB School Professional Division graduation (2009); newspaper articles (1967-1991); biographical information (1957-[2000]); correspondence (1988-2014); alumni questionnaire (1991) and photographs (1959-1973).

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The Winnipeg Tribune Digital Collection housed at the University of Manitoba also includes photographs of Richard Rutherford.

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See also the unedited interview from "Forty Years of One Night Stands" housed as part of the Audio-Visual collection.

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