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Sacramento Ballet Icon Ron Cunningham Premieres His Last (Maybe) Original Work 'Seven Deadly Sins'


The Sacramento Ballet this week will premiere an original work by its outgoing Artistic Director, Ron Cunningham. It's his interpretation of the cardinal sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth.  

Cunningham describes his piece as "provocative, sexy and perhaps even shocking." He joined Insight With Beth Ruyak Monday to talk about what he believes might be one of the most compelling works he has created in a long time.

Cunningham says this will likely be his last original work for the ballet. That's because after 30 years, the ballet's board ended contracts with Cunningham and his co-artistic director, and wife, Carinne.

"It probably will be the last original work I create for the ballet. There is talk about continuing my work onto the future, certainly my Nutcracker. It earns a significant amount of money for the company and is really a Sacramento institution," Cunningham said. 

He says the board is considering four candidates to be the new Artistic Director and should be announcing its pick soon. He also reflected on his history of original works for the Sac Ballet over his 29-year tenure.

Cunningham's latest work, The Seven Deadly Sins, premieres Friday night on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Center, with two shows on Saturday and another one Sunday.

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