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Christopher Wheeldon

Choreographer

Biography

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) and Aeternum (Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production), and the full-length ballets Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale. He returns in the 2015/16 Season to create a new one-act work for the Company.

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 Pennsylvania 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.

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

Videos

News and features

Ballet Essentials: <em>After the Rain</em> / <em>Strapless</em> / <em>Within the Golden Hour</em>

Ballet Essentials: After the Rain / Strapless / Within the Golden Hour

10 February 2016

Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme celebrating choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

<em>After the Rain</em> Dance Highlight: The <em>pas de deux</em>

After the Rain Dance Highlight: The pas de deux

25 January 2016

The hypnotic second movement from Christopher Wheeldon’s masterful abstract ballet has a special power and resonance.

Watch: New York City Ballet perform Christopher Wheeldon’s <em>After the Rain</em> high above Manhattan

Watch: New York City Ballet perform Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain high above Manhattan

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.

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.

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