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The Wheeldon Company premieres at the Vail Internation Dance Festival

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/ Paul Kolnik
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VAIL – One of the most anticipated events in the world of dance, the debut of renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s new company, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, will take place Friday, August 10 at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO at 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s repertory features “Polyphonia,” “Dance of the Hours” and “After the Rain,” all choreographed by Wheeldon and premiered in New York City. The evening also features brand new choreography from Christopher Wheeldon (commissioned by Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London) and Edwaard Liang.

The New York Times recently offered that with the creation of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, “Mr. Wheeldon’s announcement has prompted comparisons with giants in the field-like George Balanchine, the cofounder of City Ballet with Lincoln Kirstein, or Serge Diaghilev, the impresario behind the legendary Ballets Russes.”



Wheeldon was born in Yeovil, Somerset, England and trained at the Royal Ballet School, joining the Royal Ballet in 1991. He was invited to become a member of the New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1998. Wheeldon began choreographing for City Ballet in 1997 and during the 2000-01 season, Wheeldon served as the company’s first ever artist in residence.In addition to New York City Ballet, Wheeldon has also choreographed works for San Francisco Ballet, the Royal Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, while also choreographing ballet sequences for the 2000 feature film Center Stage. He also collaborated on a stage version of “Sweet Smell of Success,” which opened on Broadway in 2002.Individual tickets for the 2007 Vail International Dance Festival are priced from $17 to $85. Tickets for the 2007 Vail International Dance Festival are available online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling (970) 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787).The Vail International Dance Festival, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Vilar Center for the Arts are all programs and facilities of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.


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