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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:48 pm 
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ksneds wrote:
I would guess that Corella's participation will depened on his ABT contract - i.e. when and which seasons/tours/rehearsals he is contracted for - and how much he will actually be personally involved in the new spanish company (and whether or not it succeeds).

Given that Corella, while a spectacular dancer, has little to no experience in the artistic/choreographic/organizational side of dance companies (that I know of...), I suspect he will leave the majority of the running of the company to people with more experience, and use his reknown and dancing abilities to help the company in publicity and fund-raising.

It could also be that, if he does intend to spend more time in Spain, Morphoses which will be part based in London, might be a very attractive option for him.

Kate


Yes, this makes sense. It might be.

And of course, as I said, I will do my best to go to London for Morphoses venue at Sadler's Wells: Sept. 19 - 23, 2007 (with Corella, Ansanelli among others)

As far as his Company is concerned, some of the a bit more than 800 dancers who attended the auditions have already received the letter for thier engagement and a draft of their contract. I hope to be able to provide with more info soon.

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More info on the upcoming performances:

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August 8 & 10, 2007
Vail International Dance Festival, Vail, CO
Morphoses inaugural performances in Vail begin with a workshop on August 8th and follow with an all-Wheeldon program on the 10th. The performances include Polyphonia, with dancers from New York City Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet coming together in this Polyphonia Project. Also on the program is After the Rain with New York City Ballet dancers and Christopher’s recent chamber ballet, Dance of the Hours that premiered last September in The Metropolitan Opera's production of La Giaconda. Letizia Giuliani from Florence will dance the role she originated at The Met, with Gonzalo Garcia, a dynamic young Spanish dancer, formerly a Principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. The corps de ballet will be made up of dancers from Colorado Ballet, the company that gave Christopher his first break as a choreographer in the United States back in 1995.

September 19 – 23, 2007 (6 performances/2 programs)
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, England
We are thrilled to have accepted a three-year agreement as Guest Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells. In London, the program will include, Morphoses, the ballet after which the company is named, Slingerland Duet by William Forsythe, and Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante with Angel Corella and Alexandra Ansanelli. Sadler’s has commissioned two works, a duet for Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg to Prokofiev’s violin concerto, and a one-act ballet for seven dancers, that will premiere there in September.

October 17 – 21, 2007 (6 performances/2 programs)
City Center, New York, NY
Our New York debut will be at City Center. The week will feature Christopher’s There Where She Loved, the pas de deux from Tryst, Morphoses, and the New York premiere of Prokofiev Pas de Deux and the one-act ballet. The Ballet Boyz will join the Company as guest artists performing Mesmerics, a work created for them by Christopher. Also included will be works by other choreographers such as Michael Clark, William Forsythe and Liv Lorent.


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Wheeldon has just posted a long entry & a few pictures about his recent trip to Australia and San Francisco over at www.thewinger.com. Again, he's an excellent writer and it's well worth reading.

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The company's first performance was in Vail, and the reviews are good, and the future looks positive...how many companies can boast new works by Wheeldon, Forsythe, Clark and the Ballet Boyz all in one year...

The one sour note is Macaulay's twice incorrectly referring to Bouchet & Bordin as being from the Munich Ballet. All the Vail Valley promotional literature refers to them as being members of the Hamburg Ballet, and they are still listed on the Hamburg Ballet website.


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A First Turn for Wheeldon and Company

By ALASTAIR MACAULAY
Published: August 13, 2007

VAIL, Colo., Aug. 11 — Could any new ballet company have begun with more good will and eager applause than Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses? At Friday’s inaugural performance at the Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado, almost all of the six dances by the new troupe were greeted by instant standing ovations from large parts of the audience.

From this start Morphoses now goes on to seasons at Sadler’s Wells in London (Sept. 19-23) and New York City Center (Oct. 17-21), each featuring a live orchestra and a different selection of international ballet stars. In the past 12 months alone Mr. Wheeldon, 34, has choreographed for the Royal Ballet in London, the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and the New York City Ballet. Morphoses is already listed as one of Sadler’s Wells guest resident companies, and it has plans to return to Vail in 2008 and later years.


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/13/arts/ ... 3morp.html


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The full program for the Oct 17 - 21 City Center (NYC) season has been announced. From the City Center website (www.nycitycenter.org):

Morphoses
The Wheeldon Company

Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company celebrates its inaugural season with a New York debut at New York City Center! Founded by Christopher Wheeldon, today’s most innovative contemporary ballet choreographer, and Lourdes Lopez, former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet and Executive Director of The George Balanchine Foundation, Morphoses aims to broaden the scope of classical ballet and maximize its innovation by fostering creativity through collaboration, and engaging a revitalized audience while redefining ballet’s future.

During its first season, Morphoses will perform several of Wheeldon’s works including Morphoses, the company's namesake. These will be augmented by an assortment of other neoclassical and contemporary pieces by William Forsythe, Michael Clark, Liv Lorent, and Edward Liang.

Narciso Rodriguez, the internationally celebrated couture designer, and the 2004 and 2005 winner of the Council of Fashion Designers of America award, has agreed to be Morphoses’ first collaborative artist for our inaugural season. Mr. Rodriguez will design the costumes to both of Wheeldon’s new works, the Prokofiev pas de deux and the much larger work for nine dancers, which features the music of the young contemporary composer, Joby Talbot’s, The Dying Swan. Both these ballets will have their American premiere at New York City Center. Mr. Rodriguez will also be working with Mr. Wheeldon on each of the ballets’ stage designs.

The dancers comprise a first-class ensemble of guest artists from leading companies such as New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the Royal Ballet, among others.


Special Gala Performance: 7pm Thursday October 18

Join Christopher Wheeldon and Morphoses dancers for a post-performance party.


Gala Tickets

Individual: $1,000 or $1,500
Table: $10,000 or $15,000

For more information and to purchase Gala tickets, please contact
Glenn Stiskal at 212-763-1205.



Program 1: (October 17, 18 & 19)

There Where She Loved
New York Premiere
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Frederick Chopin, Kurt Weill

Tryst Pas
New York Premiere
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: James MacMillan (Full Orchestra)

Slingerland
New York Premiere
Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: Gavin Bryars

Prokofiev Pas De Deux
New York Premiere
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Sergei Prokofiev (Full Orchestra)

New Wheeldon Ballet
American Premiere
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot (Full Orchestra)



Program 2: (October 20 & 21)

Mesmerics
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Philip Glass

Slingerland
New York Premiere
Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: Gavin Bryars

Propeller
New York Premiere
Choreography: Liv Lorent
Music: Antonio Vivaldi and Ezio Bosso

Satie Stud
New York Premiere
Choreography: Michael Clarke
Music: Erik Satie

Liang Pas de Deux
New York Premiere
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Franz Schubert

Morphoses
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: György Ligeti


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The company list has been announced for the Sadler's Wells performance. Unless noted, dancers are from NYCB:

Angel Corella (ABT)
Maria Kowroski
Gonzalo Garcia
Tiler Peck
Aesha Ash (freelance)
Johan Kobborg (Royal Ballet)
Edwaard Liang (freelance)
Alina Cojocaru (Royal Ballet)
Tyler Angle
Craig Hall
Adrian Danchig-Waring
Alexandra Ansanelli (Royal Ballet)
Sterling Hyltin
Teresa Reichlin
Wendy Whelan


Carrie Lee Riggins
Pauline Golbin
David Prottas (NYCB apprentice)
Amanda Hankes
Ashley Laracey
Christian Tworzanski


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Interesting group of dancers.

Is Aesha Ashe no longer with Lines?


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She's not currently listed on their roster, though my impression is that the roster is pretty fluid with frequent guest artists in addition to the core roster.

Kate


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BBC has a wonderful audio slideshow of rehearsals for the Sadler's Wells season:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/629/629/7000452.stm

Dancers pictured include Wendy Whelan, Aesha Ash, Tyler Angle, Teresa Reichlen, Gonzlao Garcia, Craig Hall and Adrian Danchig-Waring


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Lots of coverage of Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses season at Sadlers Wells.

Programme 1

The Fiancial Times

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a94579b2-67db ... fd2ac.html

The Independent

http://arts.independent.co.uk/theatre/r ... 985544.ece

http://arts.independent.co.uk/theatre/r ... 991221.ece

The Guardian

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/theatre/danc ... 69,00.html

The Times

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/ ... 497773.ece

The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jh ... ses121.xml

Programme 2

The Financial Times

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/7852a1de-6ab2 ... fd2ac.html

The Guardian

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/theatre/danc ... 72,00.html

The Times

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/ ... 522877.ece


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Another article on Morphoses:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/arts/ ... 0solw.html


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For reviews of the company's NYC performances click

HERE


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