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Christopher R. Stowell Edit Profile

choreographer , dancer , company executive

Christopher R. Stowell, American performing company executive, choreographer, retired dancer.


Born in New York City, he is the son of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, who were dancers with New York City Ballet.


Attended, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, 1979—1984. Attended, School America Ballet, 1984—1985.


He was most recently the artistic director of the Oregon Ballet Theatre and previously danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet for sixteen years. Christopher trained with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle and the School of American Ballet in New York. Stowell joined the San Francisco Ballet (SFB) in 1985, where he became a principal dancer in 1990.

He performed in ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Othello. Stowell appeared in most of SFB's productions of George Balanchine's ballets and danced roles created for him by choreographers such as Mark Morris, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, and SFB's artistic director Helgi Tómasson. Other venues he performed at include Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and the Paris Opera.

He retired from the San Francisco Ballet in April 2001. He then worked as a teacher and coach in San Francisco, New York, Europe, and Japan. He choreographed new ballets for the San Francisco Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Diablo Ballet.

Stowell joined the Oregon Ballet Theatre as artistic director in July 2003. His additions to the company's repertoire include ballets by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Frederick Ashton, and Helgi Tómasson. Stowell has also commissioned works from choreographers such as Trey McIntyre, James Kudelka, and Kent Stowell.

By the end of the 2010-2011 season, Stowell had added 50 new works, 20 of which were world premieres. In 2004, Stowell was named one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine.


  • Other Work

    • Created leading roles in Handel-A Celebration, Con Brio, The Sleeping Beauty, New Sleep, Connotations, Pulcinella, Meistens Mozart. Other roles include Calcium Light Night, Rubies, The Sons of Horus, The Four Temperaments, Hearts, Tarantella, Flower Festival, La Fille Mal Garde, Haffner Symphony, Forgotten Land, The End, Agon, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Le Quattro Stagioni, Swan Lake, Job, Company B, Tchaikousky Pas de Deux, Maelstrom, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, The Dance House, Stars and Stripes, Ballo Della Regina, Drink to me Only With Thine Eyes, Pacific. Performed in Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland, 1990, San Francisco Ballet at the Paris Opera Garnier, 1994, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 1998.


  • Other Interests

    Cooking, reading, camping.


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