A CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
by Michael Popkin
copyright 2009 by Michael Popkin
[Editor's note: This is a longer version of an interview that ran in the Spring 2009 issue of DanceView. It is posted in four parts.]
Two years after forming his own company, the New York based choreographer talks about his plans and recent work, his methods of working and the experience of living and creating dance in New York City.
Christopher Wheeldon needs little introduction to today’s ballet public. Trained at Britain’s Royal Ballet, but formed as an artist during more than a decade at New York City Ballet first as a dancer and then as the company’s first official resident choreographer, the 36-year-old British born choreographer left City Ballet to form his own company, Morphoses, nearly two years ago, performing first at the Vail Festival in Colorado, and subsequently among other venues at yearly seasons at both New York City Center and the Sadlers Wells Theater in London. Danceview caught up with him on February 25, 2009, when he was back in New York after Morphoses’ January tour in Australia, to oversee the revival of Mercurial Maneuvers, one of his early works, at City Ballet before making a quick trip to Seattle for the premiere of his Carousel, A Dance at Pacific Northwest Ballet.