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Christopher Wheeldon

Biography

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).

For The Royal Ballet Wheeldon has created the one-act ballets 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), and the full-length ballets Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 2011 (The Royal Ballet's first full-length commission in 20 years) and The Winter's Tale in 2014. He choreographs regularly for 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 2012 he collaborated with Alastair Marriott on the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games, watched by 23.2 million people worldwide.

Upcoming productions

  • 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.

    credited with Choreography

  • DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

    Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman’s music in choreography of thrilling propulsion.

    credited with Choreography

  • Aeternum

    Christopher Wheeldon's Olivier Award-winning ballet celebrates Benjamin Britten and remembers the fallen.

    credited with Choreography

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.

    credited with Choreography

Videos

News and features

  1. Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale

    Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale

    Christopher Wheeldon's new work is The Royal Ballet’s first full-length Shakespeare adaptation for almost 50 years.



  2. Ballet Essentials: The Winter's Tale

    Ballet Essentials: The Winter's Tale

    A quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's captivating Shakespeare adaptation.

  3. Joby Talbot on depicting jealousy through music in his score for The Winter's Tale

    Joby Talbot on depicting jealousy through music in his score for The Winter's Tale

    The composer on his score for Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet and how you depict drastically different settings in one cohesive score.



  4. Watch: A background to Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale


    Watch: A background to Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale


    Christopher Wheeldon and theatre director Lucy Bailey shed light on the play’s themes and plot.

  5. Watch: Christopher Wheeldon on the challenges of adapting Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

    Watch: Christopher Wheeldon on the challenges of adapting Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

    The choreographer speaks about his new ballet, which features six Principal roles.

  6. Christopher Wheeldon, Natalia Osipova and Leanne Benjamin win at National Dance Awards

    Christopher Wheeldon, Natalia Osipova and Leanne Benjamin win at National Dance Awards

    Awards presented by the Critics’ Circle, a panel of 50 professional dance writers and critics.

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