Unbound Choreographer Interviews: Christopher Wheeldon

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Christopher Wheeldon

Christopher Wheeldon is a choreographer working in dance, theater, opera, and film. Born in Yeovil, England, he trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with The Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet (NYCB). Wheeldon served as NYCB’s first-ever artist in residence before being named NYCB’s first resident choreographer in July 2001. He has created ballets for NYCB, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, and The 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. His Broadway credits include The Sweet Smell of Success and An American in Paris, for which he won a 2015 Tony Award for choreography. He has choreographed for Metropolitan Opera productions of La Gioconda and Carmen, Brigadoon at City Center and the feature film Center Stage (2000). He has been awarded the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, a Dance Magazine Award, two Benois de la Danse awards, and the 2014 Leonard Massine Prize for choreography. Wheeldon was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours and was made an Honorary Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Wheeldon’s work for the 2018 Season is his 10th world premiere for SF Ballet.

Learn more about Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer, and his new work for Unbound, Bound To.