Christopher Wheeldon

Christopher Wheeldon, director and choreographer, trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991.

 

Wheeldon joined New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/01 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001.

 

He has created productions for all the world’s major ballet companies including: New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and National Ballet of Canada.

 

In 2007, Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

 

For the Metropolitan Opera, he choreographed Dance of the Hours for La Gioconda (2006) and Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen (2012), as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002).

 

In 2014 he directed and choreographed the musical version of An American In Paris which premiered in Paris in 2014 at the Chatelet Theatre. The Broadway production premiered at the Palace Theatre on April 12, 2015 and won Wheeldon the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Choreography and Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography and Direction.

 

Awards include the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, a Dance Magazine Award, and the London Critic’s Circle Award for best new ballet for Polyphonia. In 2013 and 2015, his productions of Cinderella and The Winters Tale won the Benois De La Danse. He was an Olivier award winner for Aeternum and for A Winters Tale, the 2014 Leonard Massine Prize for choreography. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours.

 

In February 2016, The Royal Ballet premiered an All Wheeldon triple bill including the world premiere of Strapless, based on the scandal surrounding the Anthony Sargent portrait of Madam X. He was the Artistic Director for Les Arts Decoratif’s Fashion Forward exhibit in Paris and the National Tour of An American In Paris.

 

*Photo by Todd Rosenberg. 

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Christopher Wheeldon, director and choreographer, trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991.

 

Wheeldon joined New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/01 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001.

 

He has created productions for all the world’s major ballet companies including: New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and National Ballet of Canada.

 

In 2007, Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

 

For the Metropolitan Opera, he choreographed Dance of the Hours for La Gioconda (2006) and Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen (2012), as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002).

 

In 2014 he directed and choreographed the musical version of An American In Paris which premiered in Paris in 2014 at the Chatelet Theatre. The Broadway production premiered at the Palace Theatre on April 12, 2015 and won Wheeldon the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Choreography and Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography and Direction.

 

Awards include the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, a Dance Magazine Award, and the London Critic’s Circle Award for best new ballet for Polyphonia. In 2013 and 2015, his productions of Cinderella and The Winters Tale won the Benois De La Danse. He was an Olivier award winner for Aeternum and for A Winters Tale, the 2014 Leonard Massine Prize for choreography. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours.

 

In February 2016, The Royal Ballet premiered an All Wheeldon triple bill including the world premiere of Strapless, based on the scandal surrounding the Anthony Sargent portrait of Madam X. He was the Artistic Director for Les Arts Decoratif’s Fashion Forward exhibit in Paris and the National Tour of An American In Paris.

 

*Photo by Todd Rosenberg.