Christopher Wheeldon's New Company Announces First Season

Classic Arts News   Christopher Wheeldon's New Company Announces First Season
Updated 10 Oct 2007

Christopher Wheeldon's new company, Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company will feature two American and eight New York premieres in its inaugural season at New York City Center.

Receiving their American premieres are two works by Wheeldon: Prokofiev Pas de Deux and Fools' Paradise, both set to live music by the Orchestra of St. Lukes led by Rob Fisher.

The season's New York premieres of contemporary and neo-classical works include Michael Clarke's Satie Stud, William Forsythe's Slinglerland Pas de Deux, Liv Lorent's Propeller, Edwaard Liang's Vicissitude and two other Wheeldon works: Tryst Pas de Deux and There Where She Loved.

The 34-year-old choreographer formed Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company to extend contemporary classical ballet's reach by combining dance, music, visual art and design.

Serving as the company's first collaborating artist is fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, who will design sets and costumes for the two new Wheeldon works.

All performances will feature live music. Participating dancers include Ashley Bouder, Darcey Bussell, Jonathan Cope, Gonzalo Garc‹a, Nehemiah Kish, Maria Kowroski, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt (England's Ballet Boyz), Oxana Panchenko, Wendy Whelan and Anastasia Yatsenko.

Born in England, Wheeldon danced with New York City Ballet for seven years before switching his focus to choreography and becoming NYCB's first artist-in-residence. He left in January to form his own company.

Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company will give six performances over five days beginning October 17 at New York City Center.

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