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Joffrey's Chicago-set 'Nutcracker' has become truly alive

Many of the walnuts, ragamuffins, snowflakes and rats are new. But the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet who form the emotional core of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s revisionist exploration of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” a gorgeously visualized work staged at the historic Auditorium...

Light and Darkness

3 months agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"The Winter's Tale" The National Ballet of Canada Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto, Canada November 10, 2017 by Denise Sum copyright © 2017 by Denise Sum With "The Winter's Tale", Christopher Wheeldon has transformed one of William Shakespeare's "problem plays" into a highly effective dance drama. Show More Summary

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Photo Gallery (4th Edition)

4 months agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The current revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s blockbuster ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, continues at the Royal Opera House, with a broadcast being relayed to cinemas... The post Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Photo Gallery (4th Edition) appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Pretty vacant

5 months agoArts : Night and Day

Alice is at it again. Christopher Wheeldon’s 2011 three-act ballet began another sell-out run at Covent Garden last week. It’s…

This Ballet Company Is Creating An Entire Program From Scratch In Two Weeks

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Choreographers Javier De Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Ivan Perez and Christopher Wheeldon have teamed up with all-male dance company BalletBoyz for its new show, Fourteen Days. The choreographers will each work with different composers and given just 14 days to work with the BalletBoyz ensemble to create a new piece."

'American in Paris' is coming from London

"An American in Paris," which arrives in Chicago this week for a two-week stand of its national tour, was a critical (and a modest financial) success on Broadway in 2015. But the much-anticipated arrival of Christopher Wheeldon’s production at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre is coming on the heels of...

Meet Christopher Wheeldon's Right-Hand Man

9 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"While still in the corps of New York City Ballet, Jason Fowler was drawn to the role of répétiteur.... So it comes as little surprise that 20 years later, Fowler is a primary stager of Christopher Wheeldon's ballets around the glob...

Critic's Notebook: New York City Ballet: A Story in Three Choreographers

10 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The company’s Here/Now Festival begins with programs focusing on the work of Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck.

Patricia Ward Kelly reflects on a darker vision of An American in Paris

Royal Ballet artistic director Christopher Wheeldon has been a fan of Gene Kelly’s “An American in Paris” since he saw it as a child, but avoided revisiting the movie until after his stage adaptation opened on Broadway. In prepping the 2015 Tony-winner, he paid a visit to the home of Kelly’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, […]

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10 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Member presale began today for NY City Center's concert production of Brigadoon starring Robert Fairchild, Kelly O'Hare, and Stephen Pasquale with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. Only six performances November 15-19. Public ticket sales begin on April 27th at 2pm. Ain't...

A Conversation With A Trio Of Choreographers Who Reinvigorated Ballet

10 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Roslyn Sulcas moderates a three-way between Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, and Justin Peck.

A Conversation With 3 Choreographers Who Reinvigorated Ballet

10 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

Alexei Ratmansky, Justin Peck and Christopher Wheeldon, who have infused classical ballet with energy and excitement, talk about their art and craft.

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Ballet on Broadway

11 months agoDance / Ballet : Ballet News

Featuring works by GEORGE BALANCHINE – CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON – JEROME ROBBINS   April 14 – 23, 2017 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center Seattle, WA 98109   April 14 and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

'Game Changers' doesn't change the game, just plays it well

The Joffrey Ballet's first program of 2017 is called "Game Changers," highlighting three of ballet's most in-vogue choreographers: Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor and Justin Peck. Each has an affiliation with the Royal Ballet or New York City Ballet or both, is producing work at a fairly rapid...

Review: The Nutcracker (Joffrey Ballet, 2016)

Christopher Wheeldon’s new Chicago-centric version of Tchaikovsky's timeless ballet, set 5 months before Chicago's 1893 world's fair and beautifully executed by Joffrey Ballet, is imaginative and thrilling, emotional and sweet but never saccharine, and a flawless reimagining of an old classic. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

The Magic Remains - Joffrey's Nutcracker Transformation

The Joffrey Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker. Photo by Cheryl Mann. by Catherine L. Tully A different type of excitement buzzed throughout the Auditorium Theatre lobby Saturday night. In years prior the hum has always been the lively anticipation of a ballet that was a familiar favorite-a tradition for many people in the Chicago area. Show More Summary

Review: Joffrey Ballet’s New ‘Nutcracker’ Leaves Some Tradition Behind

last yearNews : NYTimes: News

Christopher Wheeldon has made the company a production that catches a historic moment in Chicago: the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Christopher Wheeldon forges a 'Nutcracker' that dreams for Chicago

Especially when we're very young, we may travel far in our dreams. Perchance through a world revolving around our hopes and fears. Maybe to a place where a Christmas tree can pierce our hearts, and then burst through the walls of a poor young girl's gray wooden shack in a rough city on the edge...

Can 'The Nutcracker' Actually Be Working-Class, Christopher Wheeldon?

This is a huge reimagining of the Robert Joffrey "Nutcracker" for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago: It's set at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, and a lot of money - like, a lot of money - is riding on its success.

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The few comments that we've been able to find so far on social media after last night's Iowa City preview premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's new Nutcracker for the Joffrey Ballet are pretty ecstatic. Here's a shot from inside the brand...

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