Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of After the Rain / Strapless / Within the Golden Hour. It was last on stage 12 February—11 March 2016 as part of the Winter 2015/16 season.
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, has long been recognized as one of the finest choreographers of his generation. Having worked as a dancer with both The Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet, his choreography shows the influence of both the British style of Ashton and MacMillan, and the American style of Balanchine and Robbins – synthesized into something that is wholly and distinctly ‘Wheeldon’.
This mixed programme includes two Wheeldon works commissioned by other companies, which enter The Royal Ballet’s repertory for the first time this Season. Wheeldon made After the Rain for New York City Ballet in 2005. Set to music by Arvo Pärt, it quickly won popularity and is now arguably one of Wheeldon’s best-loved works. Within the Golden Hour was created for San Francisco Ballet in 2008. With its pulsing drive and energy it too has been acclaimed as one of Wheeldon’s finest works. Complementing these two works is a world premiere for The Royal Ballet, to music by Mark-Anthony Turnage.
News and features
13 February 2016
What did you think of The Royal Ballet's mixed programme of works by Christopher Wheeldon?
10 February 2016
Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme celebrating choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
10 February 2016
Principal casting for several performances of Christopher Wheeldon’s new one-act ballet have been announced.
4 February 2016
A 19th century scandal — and the John Singer Sargent painting behind it — has inspired the choreographer's latest ballet.
25 January 2016
The hypnotic second movement from Christopher Wheeldon’s masterful abstract ballet has a special power and resonance.
12 January 2016
Before the one-act ballet is performed for the first time at Covent Garden, watch a stunning performance from one of the United States' premier ballet companies.