Christopher Wheeldon

Christopher Wheeldon with Heather Ogden in rehearsal for Polyphonia Photo Credits

Christopher Wheeldon with Heather Ogden in rehearsal for Polyphonia

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has received many awards for his work including the London Critics' Circle Award for Best New Ballet for Polyphonia, the American Choreography Award and the Laurence Olivier Award. Mr. Wheeldon studied at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. That same year, he won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet. He began his choreographic career with New York City Ballet in 1997 when he created Slavonic Dances for the company's annual showcase.

In 2000, he retired from dancing to concentrate on choreography and served as New York City Ballet's first Artist-in-Residence, creating two ballets, Polyphonia and Variations Sérieuses. In 2001, Mr. Wheeldon was named New York City Ballet's first Resident Choreographer and from 2007 to 2010, was Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company. He has choreographed such works as Morphoses, After the Rain, An American in Paris and The Nightingale and the Rose. Among the celebrated ballets Mr. Wheeldon has created for other companies are Continuum for San Francisco Ballet, Tryst and DGV (Danse à Grande Vitesse) for The Royal Ballet and a full-length Swan Lake for Pennsylvania Ballet. For Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company's inaugural season, Mr. Wheeldon choreographed two new works, Fools' Paradise and Prokofiev Pas de Deux.

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