Christopher Bruce was born in England in 1945 and started studying dance at 11 years old. After studying at the Rambert School Christopher Bruce joined Rambert Ballet in 1963, where he quickly became the leading male dancer. Bruce appeared in works such as Don Quixote in 1964 and Coppelia in 1966. In 1977 Christopher was was appointed associate director of the company and was Associate Choreographer from 1979-87, where he created over twenty works for the company. Between 1986-91 he acted as associate choreographer for London Festival Ballet, later ENB, and resident choreographer for Houston Ballet in 1989. In 1994 he became artistic director for RDC. Often political in his work, he integrates classical ballet and modern dance, often set against popular music by artists like Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones. His productions include 'Cruel Garden', 1977, 'Ghost Dances', 1981, 'Swansong', 1987, and 'Rooster', 1991.

At Edinburgh International Festival 2013, Scottish Ballet presented Dance Odysseys, a festival within a festival, in which the Company performed Christopher Bruce's Shift among 16 other pieces - 6 world premieres, 3 UK premieres and 6 Scottish premieres.

In 2014 Scottish Ballet presented the UK premiere of Christopher Bruce's Ten Poems as part of a double bill with Helen Pickett's The Crucible.Hear Christopher discuss the piece and his time at Scottish Ballet in The Making of Ten Poems: