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Christopher Wheeldon

Guest choreographer

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (1973, Somerset, United Kingdom) holds a position as artistic associate of The Royal Ballet in London since 2012. Wheeldon was invited to dance with the New York City Ballet, and was promoted to soloist in 1998. He ended his dance career in 2000 to focus completely on a profession as choreographer.

His first choreography was Slavonic Dances for the Diamond Project of the New York City Ballet in 1997. Wheeldon has been resident choreographer with the company from 2001-2008. He has worked for The Royal Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet and The Metropolitan Opera (New York, United States), and was the first Brit to create a new choreography for the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2007, Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, which he left in 2010. The company is renamed Morphoses and continued by co-founder Lourdes Lopez.

He then made two full-length productions: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011) for The Royal Ballet and a brand-new première of Cinderella (2012) in co-production with Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Wheeldon was awarded a Prix Benois de la Danse for Cinderella. He was also appointed artistic associate at The Royal Ballet that same year. On top of that, he collaborated with Alastair Marriott for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in London, 2012. During 2014-2015 Wheeldon returned to Dutch National Ballet with his successful version of Cinderella and a brand-new work, Concerto Concordia, created especially for Cool Britannia.  In December 2016, his new version of The Nutcracker premiered at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Wheeldon was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2016 for 'services to promote the interests and reputation of British classical and theatre dance worldwide'. The new musical about Michael Jackson, MJ, for which Wheeldon is both directing and choreographing, was due to premiere on Broadway in the summer of 2020 but has been postponed due to the corona crisis.

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Awards:

  • 2015, Four Tony Awards for An American in Paris, including an award for 'best choreographer'
  • 2015, Benois de la Danse for The Winter's Tale (The Royal Ballet)
  • 2013, Prix Benois de la Danse for Cinderella
  • 2012, Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2006, Olivier Award, nomination for Danse à Grande Vitesse
  • 2005, Dance Magazine Award
  • 2005, Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Ballet, with Polyphonia
  • 2000, American Choreography Award (United States) for choreography in the film Center Stage