Christopher Wheeldon

Christopher Wheeldon

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. Wheeldon founded Morphoses in 2007 with the goal of introducing a new spirit of innovation to classical ballet by fostering collaboration among choreographers, dancers, visual artists, designers, composers.

Wheeldon joined The Royal Ballet in 1991 and in 1993 he was invited to become a member of New York City Ballet, where he was promoted to Soloist in 1998. Wheeldon choreographed his first work for NYCB, Slavonic Dances, for the 1997 Diamond Project. After creating Mercurial Manoeuvres for NYCB's Spring 2000 Diamond Project, Wheeldon retired from dancing to concentrate on choreography. In NYCB's 2000-2001 season, he served as the company's first Artist in Residence, creating two ballets: Polyphonia and Variations Sérieuses. In July 2001, Wheeldon was named NYCB's first Resident Choreographer.

Wheeldon was the recipient of the Dance Magazine Award and the London Critics' Circle Award for Best New Ballet for Polyphonia in 2005; a performance of the work by NYCB dancers received an Olivier Award. In 2006, DGV (Danse à Grande Vitesse) was nominated for an Olivier Award. Additional honours include the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and the American Choreography Award.