This March, Los Angeles Ballet continues its 17th season with a presentation of the works of respected director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. An Evening of Christopher Wheeldon will include three iconic contemporary ballet pieces: Ghosts, Fool’s Paradise, and Morphoses.
The first piece, Ghosts, set to a score by C.F. Kip Winger, finds dancers on board a doomed ship at sea. As they move through contrasting emotions, the stage becomes a realm where ethereal beings manifest in a shadowy playground. Fool’s Paradise, set to a shimmering, filmic score by Joby Talbot, is inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. The third and final piece, Morphoses, is a complex athletic ballet featuring two couples, each presenting a pas de deux requiring both flexibility and lyricism. It is also set to the music of Talbot.
Wheeldon began his ballet training at The Royal Ballet, going on to join the New York City Ballet where he eventually became a soloist. He was named NYCB’s first resident choreographer in 2001. Since then, Wheeldon has created and staged productions for many of the world’s major ballet companies, including San Francisco Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Mariinsky Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet and Hamburg Ballet. He received Tony Awards for Best Choreography for An American in Paris and MJ The Musical.
An Evening of Christopher Wheeldon will be held on March 16th, 17th, and 19th at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.