MORPHOSES / THE WHEELDON COMPANY
HONORED FOR FIRST LONDON SEASON
The Company Wins the South Bank Show Award for Dance
Wendy Whelan Nominated for Olivier Award
for Her Role in Wheeldon's Fools' Paradise
London, February 13, 2008ŚMorphoses / The Wheeldon Company has been honored for its inaugural London season, which took place at Sadler's Wells in September 2007. The South Bank Show Awards, one of Great Britain's most prestigious awards for arts and culture, has named Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company winner of the Dance category. In addition, the Laurence Olivier Awards announced that Wendy Whelan has been nominated for a 2008 award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in Christopher Wheeldon's Fools' Paradise.
The South Bank Show Awards are the only awards that honor the best of British talent across the entire spectrum of the arts. Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company was recognized for its two programs presented at Sadler's Wells in September. The Company was founded just last year by Christopher Wheeldon, one of today's most exciting choreographers, and Lourdes Lopez, the Executive Director.
"I am thrilled and honored that we have been recognized with this award in our first year," said Wheeldon, who accepted the award onstage at the ceremony on January 29. "All at Morphoses have put in a lot of work this year, and I felt great pride on everyone's behalf accepting the award on British television. This is a great boost for us and makes the challenges of putting together our second season even more exciting."
The Laurence Olivier Awards, regarded as the most prestigious awards in London theater, were established in 1976 in order to recognize distinguished artistic achievement in London theater. Wendy Whelan has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in Christopher Wheeldon's Fools' Paradise, which premiered in London in September 2007 as part of the first season of Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company. The awards ceremony will take place on March 9. Whelan, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, appeared as a guest artist with Morphoses.
"This recognition is so well deserved," said Wheeldon. "I have been fortunate enough to work with Wendy Whelan since 2001, and there's really no other dancer like her."
"It is a tremendous surprise and honor to receive this nomination," said Ms. Whelan. "I had a wonderful time performing in London, and it's gratifying to be recognized in this way."
Among the ballet stars who appeared at Sadler's Wells with Morphoses are The Royal Ballet's Alina Cojocaru, Johann Kobborg, and Alexandra Ansanelli, New York City Ballet's Maria Kowroski and Wendy Whelan, and American Ballet Theatre's Angel Corella. The ballets presented included two world premieres by Wheeldon, Fools' Paradise, with music by Jody Talbot, and Prokofiev Pas de Deux.
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Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company is a dynamic, cutting-edge ballet company founded in 2007 by Christopher Wheeldon and Lourdes Lopez. The company is based in New York and London and is a Guest Resident Company at New York City Center and Sadler's Wells Theatre. Wheeldon has been hailed as one of ballet's most exciting choreographers and has created ballets for companies all over the world. The mission of the company is to broaden the scope of classical ballet by emphasizing innovation and fostering creativity through collaboration.
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