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 created the one-act ballets Tryst (2002), DGV: Danse à grande vitesse (2006), Electric Counterpoint (2008), ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in collaboration with Alastair Marriott) and Aeternum (2013, winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production), 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.
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 (2001, winner of a London Critics’ Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production) and The Nightingale and the Rose (2007).
Wheeldon regularly choreographs for leading 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 Alastair Marriott on the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games, watched by 23.2 million people worldwide. His awards include the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography for An American in Paris.
The position of Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet is generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green.
News and features
X-appeal: Christopher Wheeldon and Mark-Anthony Turnage on the 19th-century scandal that inspired their new ballet
The choreographer and composer on the story behind John Singer Sargent's 'Portrait of Madame X', and how it has influenced their latest collaboration.
Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet earns Best Choreography award for An American in Paris, with Bob Crowley, 59 Productions and Natasha Katz also honoured.
Dancer, choreographer and composer recognized for The Winter’s Tale at Benois de la Danse 2015.
Posts by Christopher Wheeldon
Discover the full story of Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet, based on Shakespeare's play.
Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale
Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsals for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Backstage Access (Fashion)
Tristan Dyer and Beatriz Stix-Brunell in Polyphonia, The Royal Ballet
Christopher Wheeldon and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale
Edward Watson and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate, The Royal Ballet
Executive and artistic staff of The Royal Ballet at the 2012/13 Season launch
Artists of The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale
Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland