Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has been called “the boy wonder of classical ballet,” “one of the hottest classical choreographers of his generation,” “one of the world’s most in-demand ballet choreographers”… You get the idea. And he’s only 38.
He receives raves for his wit and imagination, taking works like the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel and using the corps de ballet to recreate the actual carousel. The native Brit has crafted works for everyone from the Bolshoi to New York City Ballet, and starting September 23, the Pacific Northwest Ballet will showcase four short pieces from his repertoire. (By the way, this All Wheeldon program is one of our top Fall Arts Picks.)
Even better: Wheeldon is in Seattle today for a special preview of some of his latest work and a Q&A with the audience at McCaw Hall. Tickets are still available at pnb.org (I just checked) and are $10 for PNB subscribers, $20 general admission. This is a rare opportunity to chat with Wheeldon; he won’t be in town for very long, so if you’re a dance fan, consider skipping whatever TV show you planned to watch tonight for this event. It’s from 6:30 to 8.
All Wheeldon is at PNB Sept 23–Oct 2.