Jeanne Ruddy Dance was a Philadelphia-based dance company established in 1998 by Jeanne Ruddy, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company. Presenting the work of Ruddy and leading contemporary choreographers, the company performed works by Suzanne Linke, Jane Comfort, Robert Battle, and others over the course of its 12-year history. Jeanne Ruddy also founded The Performance Garage, a community dance center that continues to provide rehearsal space, professional dance training, and a performance venue to the Philadelphia dance community.
Jeanne Ruddy Dance commissioned German choreographer Suzanne Linke to create Quasi Normal, a new work that premiered during the company’s 2007–08 season. Composed of three sections, Quasi Normal explored the idea that the past contains the building blocks for future works. The piece drew inspiration from body positions introduced by influential German choreographer Mary Wigman in her work Niobe, and improvisations based on the choreographic sketches of Dore Hoyer, a dancer and follower of Wigman. The performance featured Brigitta Herrmann, a student of Wigman and founding member of Group Motion Dance Company.