Words On Dance: Live Conversations & Screenings
Christopher Wheeldon with Wendy Whelan
Words On Dance is a series of live conversations for renowned dance artists to articulate the history of their lives in dance. The hallmark of Words On Dance is a dancer-to-dancer format, with each conversation punctuated by relevant film footage to illustrate the dialog. By melding conversation with film footage drawn from the artists' own personal collections, audience members get an intimate and immediate view into the creative lives of these iconic dancers and choreographers.
Christopher Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Royal Ballet in 1991. In he joined New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/01 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001.
Mr. Wheeldon has created productions for all the world’s major ballet companies. In 2007, he founded Morphoses/ The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. In 2014, he directed and choreographed the musical version of An American In Paris which premiered in Paris in 2014. The Broadway production premiered April 12 2015 and won him the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography and Direction.
Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She at began taking dance classes, at the age of three. At age eight she joined the Louisville Ballet Academy and she began intense professional training.
In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. She became a member of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1986 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991. Whelan has performed a wide spectrum of the Balanchine repertory and worked closely with Jerome Robbins. In 2007, Whelan was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her performances with Morphoses/Wheeldon Company. Whelan has recently been appointed Artistic Associate at New York’s City Center.
All photos: Wendy Whelan by Nisian Hughes