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Christopher Wheeldon

Choreographer

Biography

Christopher Wheeldon in action.
Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

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 choreographed Tryst, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Electric Counterpoint, ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in collaboration with Alastair Marriott) , Aeternum (Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production) and Strapless, and the three-act ballets Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale. Works of his performed by The Royal Ballet and originally created for other companies include After the Rain and Within the Golden Hour.

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 (London Critics’ Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production) and The Nightingale and the Rose.

Wheeldon regularly choreographs for leading international companies, including Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Joffrey 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 Marriott on the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games. His awards include the Tony Award for Best Choreography (An American in Paris). He was made an OBE in 2016, and that year was artistic director for Les Arts Décoratifs’ Fashion Forward exhibition.

The position of Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet is generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green.

Videos

News and features

Ballet Essentials: The Winter's Tale

14 February 2018
Ballet Essentials: <em>The Winter's Tale</em>

A quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's captivating ballet adaptation of Shakespeare's compelling play.

Ballet Essentials: The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern

2 March 2017
Ballet Essentials: <em>The Human Seasons</em> / <em>After the Rain</em> / <em>Flight Pattern</em>

Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme of compelling contemporary ballet.

How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

24 February 2017
How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

Several world-class choreographers began their training with The Royal Ballet School – how do they grow the dance-makers of the future?

Posts by Christopher Wheeldon

The Winter's Tale: Synopsis

9 April 2014
The Winter's Tale: Synopsis

Discover the full story of Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet, based on Shakespeare's play.

Photos

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb as Perdita in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet.

Ryoichi Hirano as Leontes and Laura Morera as Paulina in The Winter's Tale.

Christopher Wheeldon

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch

Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsals for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Backstage Access (Fashion)

Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Vadim Muntagirov as Florizel in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet.

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

Executive and artistic staff of The Royal Ballet at the 2012/13 Season launch

Natalia Osipova in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Natalia Osipova in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Natalia Osipova & Matthew Ball in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Christopher Wheeldon photographed for The Language of the Soul

Lauren Cuthbertson and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale

Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Jonathan Howells, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Charlotte Westenra and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Amélie Gautreau in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Natalia Osipova and Federico Bonelli in Strapless(C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Vadim Muntagirov as Florizel in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet.

Ryoichi Hirano as Leontes and Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet.

Ryoichi Hirano as Leontes and Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet.

Tristan Dyer and Beatriz Stix-Brunell in Polyphonia, The Royal Ballet

Christopher Wheeldon and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale