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Christopher Wheeldon



Christopher Wheeldon in action.
Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with the Company 1991–3. For The Royal Ballet he has choreographed Tryst, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Electric Counterpoint, ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in collaboration with Alastair Marriott) , Aeternum (Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production) and Strapless, and the three-act ballets Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale. Works of his performed by The Royal Ballet and originally created for other companies include After the Rain and Within the Golden Hour.

Wheeldon was born in Yeovil and trained at The Royal Ballet School. In 1991 he won gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne with a solo of his own creation and that year entered The Royal Ballet, where Kenneth MacMillan encouraged him in his choreographic work. In 1993 Wheeldon joined New York City Ballet, promoted to soloist in 1998. He created his first work for NYCB, Slavonic Dances, in 1997 and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2001. Works for NYCB include Polyphonia (London Critics’ Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production) and The Nightingale and the Rose.

Wheeldon regularly choreographs for leading international companies, including Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. In 2007 he founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and became the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2012 he collaborated with Marriott on the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games. His awards include the Tony Award for Best Choreography (An American in Paris). He was made an OBE in 2016, and that year was artistic director for Les Arts Décoratifs’ Fashion Forward exhibition.

The position of Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet is generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green.


News and features

Ballet Essentials: <em>Obsidian Tear</em> / <em>The Invitation</em> / <em>Within the Golden Hour</em>

Ballet Essentials: Obsidian Tear / The Invitation / Within the Golden Hour

24 May 2016

Our quick introduction to this mixed programme of works by great British choreographers — Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor.

10 of the best dance films

10 of the best dance films

6 May 2016

From Red Shoes to Black Swans and Silver Linings, dance has long inspired movie-makers.

Designing <em>The Winter’s Tale</em>: telling Shakespeare’s tale through more than words

Designing The Winter’s Tale: telling Shakespeare’s tale through more than words

31 March 2016

Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation is a true collaborative effort, with spectacular designs from all the creative team coming together to tell the story.

Posts by Christopher Wheeldon

The Winter's Tale: Synopsis

The Winter's Tale: Synopsis

9 April 2014

Discover the full story of Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet, based on Shakespeare's play.