Meet The Dancers // Christoph von Riedemann

A recent graduate of the Arts Umbrella program, Vancouver-born Christoph von Riedemann joins Ballet BC as a full company member this season. Determined to become a professional artist, this dedicated dancer used to commute hours a day across the Lower Mainland (bouncing between New Westminster, Kerrisdale, and Granville Island) to get the level of training that would make him company-ready come graduation.

What else don’t you know about Christoph? Read his answers to the Proust Questionnaire to find out!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being with friends and family.

What is your greatest fear?
Spiders crawling into my mouth while I sleep.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Einstein. Brilliance and humility all in one man.

Which living person do you most admire?
Gotta say mom and dad.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  
I freak myself out very easily and find it hard to stay calm, cool and collected in stressful situations.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Selfish dishonesty.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Secondhand clothing runs

On what occasion do you lie?
Questionnaires ;)

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My determined uni-brow and my “biscuit feet”

When and where were you happiest?
When I got my training wheels off. Such proud and happy moment.

If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?
Have them all closer and on the same continent.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  
Being in this incredibly company with all these incredible artists.

If you died and came back as a person or thing what do you think it would be?
I often fantasize about coming back as something that could fly.

What is your most treasured possession?
My music collection.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Stepping in a puddle with sneakers on.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Again gotta say mom and dad.

What is it that you most dislike?
Paper cuts.

How would you like to die?
Fulfilled and satisfied.

What is your motto?
Its still being defined, but these two quotes hold some worth in my life:

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.“ – Albert Einstein

“A day without laughter is a day wasted. ” – Charlie Chaplin

For more information on Christoph, read his full bio on our website.


Christoph von Riedemann