Who is Christopher Wheeldon?

Christopher Wheeldon, one of the most in-demand dance makers working today, has had a long and rich relationship with SF Ballet. Christopher’s large body of works has been performed by some of the best ballet companies around the world, and his talent has extended to Broadway. Christopher received his training at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet, and was promoted to soloist five years later. He retired from dancing in 2000 to concentrate on choreography.

From 2001-2008, Christopher served as New York City Ballet’s first artist in residence and also as resident choreographer. In 2006, he formed Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and left the troupe in 2010. Two years later, he was appointed artistic associate of The Royal Ballet, and in 2014, he directed and choreographed the musical version of An American in Paris for which he won a 2015 Tony Award® for Best Choreography. Additionally, Christopher has won two Prix Benois de la Danse awards, The London Critics’ Circle Award, The American Choreography Award, and the Olivier Award, among other accolades.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Luke Ingham in Wheeldon's Cinderella©. (© Erik Tomasson)

In particular, Christopher has had a strong presence at SF Ballet for the past 16 years. In 2000, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson commissioned his first ballet (Sea Pictures), and since then, Christopher has regularly created works for us (13 to date). These include Continuum, Rush, Ghosts, Borealis, and Cinderella (a co-commission with the Dutch National Ballet), among others. Of working with us, Christopher said, “I like to work with dancers who are excited about giving their input as artists in the studio, and [the SF Ballet] dancers are very creative and incredibly talented.”