Christopher Wheeldon is all the rage in Edinburgh:
Interview from The Scotsman.
IN ONLY a few short years, Christopher Wheeldon has become ballet’s answer to David Beckham - a blue-eyed, blond, beautiful Brit who is adored for his astonishing talent, his glamorous good looks, and a career that spins daily to new heights. If only Beckham could bend it like wunderkind Wheeldon. MORE
Olivier Award-winner Wheeldon’s life is a whirl of activity. He is New York City Ballet’s (NYCB) artist-in-residence and is making a new piece for San Francisco Ballet, which they premiere in Edinburgh next week, and which is appropriately entitled Rush.
***************************** 'I try to suppress the urge to scream'
He is the world's most explosively talented choreographer. And he's only 30. Christopher Wheeldon tells Judith Mackrell for The Guardian about 'extreme ballet'.
Early this year, the directors of the world's most important ballet companies met in Suffolk for a historic summit. Top of the agenda was the crisis in repertory: where were all the original, even half-decent new works that could ensure ballet's future? Where was all the fresh talent?
Thankfully, one choreographer is single-handedly proving to be the answer to their dreams. click for more
***************************** Christopher Wheeldon - All the right moves
By Hilary Ostlere for The Financial Times
If choreographer Christopher Wheeldon worked in the business world he would be a captain of industry, a billionaire perhaps, by now. At 30 he's a brilliant artist whose success cannot be counted in dollars or pounds so much as in the growing appreciation of his work and demand for his product: namely ballets. And since good choreographers are as rare as fat ballerinas, he's achieved international renown - a growing chorus of critics, dance pundits and public are hailing him as one of today's brightest and most promising young choreographers in an art form that's always hungry for, but sadly lacking in, great choreographic talent.
Completely dedicated to dance, Wheeldon has grown from a "bossy little boy", as he describes himself, whose first efforts at choreography at the age of eight had to do with little girls hatching out of eggs to become cygnets in Swan Lake, to a continent-hopping choreographer whose every succeeding work seems to stretch his artistic horizons further. click for more
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