News: Christopher Wheeldon: An Englishman in New York

Tuesday 9 June 2015 by Clare Evans

Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsals
Photo Bill Cooper

Christopher Wheeldon has cemented his presence in the States with his latest success at the Tony Awards. His adaptation of the 1951 movie An American in Paris, was among the five nominees for Best Musical and Wheeldon won Best Choreography Award, with the production also winning Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.

Wheeldon started his career as a gifted choreographer of plotless ballets. Years ago, when I first interviewed him, he said that he sometimes feared he was too optimistic and even-tempered a personality to choreograph pieces that probed deeper. Mikhail Baryshnikov also commented that Wheeldon would be a truly great choreographer when he discovered what it was he wanted to say. With The Winter’s Tale and American in Paris, Wheeldon has found his ability as a story teller, and far more exciting than the Tonys flummery will be the stories he chooses to tell next.
Read Judith Mackrell’s blog: The Guardian, 8 June 2015

Photo: Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsals, by Bill Cooper

Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella with Dutch National Ballet will be showing 8 – 11 July at London Coliseum

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