Christopher Wheeldon is Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet and one of the most innovative and sought-after choreographers in ballet today. Born in Yeovil, he trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991, where Kenneth MacMillan encouraged him in his choreographic work. Wheeldon won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne the same year with a solo he had created.
In 1993, Wheeldon became a member of New York City Ballet and was 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 (2001 – winner of a London Critics’ Circle Award and an Olivier Award), An American in Paris (2005) and The Nightingale and the Rose (2007).
Wheeldon has created Tryst (2002), DGV: Danse à grande vitesse (2006), Electric Counterpoint (2008), ‘Trespass’ (as part of Titian: Metamorphosis 2012) and Aeternum (2013 – winner of an Olivier Award) for The Royal Ballet, and has been in demand with other leading companies, including Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2007, he set up Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and became the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2011, Wheeldon choreographed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – the first full-length work to be created on the Company in over 20 years. In 2012, he collaborated with Alastair Marriott on the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games, watched by 23.2 million people worldwide.
The Sleeping Beauty
Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in Petipa’s classic ballet.
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The Winter's Tale
The world premiere of a new full-length ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation.
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DGV: Danse à grande vitesse
Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman’s music in choreography of thrilling propulsion.
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News and features
Christopher Wheeldon and theatre director Lucy Bailey shed light on the play’s themes and plot.
The choreographer speaks about his new ballet, which features six Principal roles.
Awards presented by the Critics’ Circle, a panel of 50 professional dance writers and critics.
Christopher Wheeldon, Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova among those nominated.
Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.
Look under the bonnet of two new ballets with their choreographers and members of The Royal Ballet.