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Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company City Center update

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Here's the updated release from New York City Center:


Inaugural Season at New York City Center

October 17 – 21, 2007

Includes U.S. and NY Premieres by Christopher Wheeldon,

NY Premieres by Liv Lorent, William Forsythe,

Michael Clarke and Edwaard Liang

Accompanied by Orchestra and Singers

Ashley Bouder, Darcey Bussell, Gonzalo Garcia, Maria Kowroski, Michael Nunn,

Oxana Panchenko, William Trevitt, Wendy Whelan, and Anastasia Yatsenko to Perform

Narciso Rodriguez to Design Costumes and Décor for Two New Wheeldon Ballets

New York, NY, September 17, 2007 – Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s new dance company, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, will make its New York debut October 17 – 21, 2007 at New York City Center, where it has become guest Resident Company. The season will include two American premieres and two New York premieres choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, as well as New York premieres by several of today’s cutting-edge international choreographers, including William Forsythe, Liv Lorent, Michael Clarke, and Edwaard Liang.

The company will perform to live music each evening, including performances with full orchestra. Leading dancers from major U.S. and European ballet companies will be participating in this debut New York season, including Ashley Bouder, Darcey Bussell, Jonathan Cope, Gonzalo Garcia, Nehemiah Kish, Maria Kowroski, Michael Nunn, Oxana Panchenko, William Trevitt, Wendy Whelan, Anastasia Yatsenko and others.

Christopher Wheeldon formed Morphoses to broaden the scope of contemporary classical ballet by marrying dance, music, visual art and design. To that end, acclaimed fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez will serve as collaborating artist for Morphoses’ inaugural year and will design sets and costumes for two new Wheeldon works. The company will be based at both New York City Center and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

During this first season at City Center, Morphoses will perform two of Mr. Wheeldon’s existing works: Mesmerics and Morphoses—the ballet that gave the company its name. Mr. Wheeldon will also present the New York premieres of Tryst Pas, set to the music of James MacMillan, with a full orchestra; and There Where She Loved, with music by Chopin and Kurt Weill, choreographed for 11 dancers, in addition to two American premieres: Prokofiev Pas de Deux, set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, and Fool’s Paradise, a new work for nine dancers set to “The Dying Swan” score by contemporary composer Jody Talbot. These will be augmented by the New York premieres of several neo-classical and contemporary pieces: William Forsythe’s Slingerland, Michael Clark’s Satie Stud, Liv Lorent’s Propeller, and Edwaard Liang’s Vicissitude.


Christopher Wheeldon, dancer, choreographer and now Artistic Director of Morphoses, at the age of 34 has created more than 44 ballets for many of the world’s major ballet companies. He was born in England and began his training at The Royal Ballet School, joining the Royal Ballet in 1991. Two years later, he was invited to become a member of New York City Ballet’s corps, and was promoted to soloist in ’98. Wheeldon retired from performing to concentrate on his choreography in 2000, and served as the New York City Ballet’s first artist-in-residence until leaving to form his company in January, 2007. His goal is to create an inventive and pioneering company in which artists and audiences are intimately involved in the creative process.

New York City Center has long been known and beloved by New York audiences not only as one of the City’s preeminent performing art institutions but also as an accessible and welcoming venue for dance and theater. New York City Center produces the Tony-honored Encores! musical theater series, its new Encores! Summer Stars series and is home to some of the country’s leading dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company and now for its inaugural season, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, as well as Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York’s leading theater companies. Continuing to fulfill its mission to make the arts accessible to the broadest possible audience, in 2004 New York City Center launched the acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival. In 2006, New York City Center formed partnerships with both London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre to facilitate the exchange of innovative dance works, and with Carnegie Hall to work together on exciting new programming initiatives between the two neighboring institutions.

Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company will play for six performances, October 17 – 21, at New York City Center, 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, according to the following schedule: Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm, Thursday, October 18 at 7pm (Gala); Friday October 19 at 8pm, Saturday, October 20 at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday, October 21 at 3pm. Tickets go on sale at City Center on July 16 and can be purchased by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, online at www.nycitycenter.org or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).

Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company dancers appear courtesy of Ballet Boyz, Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet.


New York City Center 2007 Season

Program 1: (October 17, 18 & 19)*

There Where She Loved

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon, (NY Premiere)

Music: Frederick Chopin, Kurt Weill

Dancers: Anastasia Yatsenko, Sterling Hytlin

Ashley Bouder, Ashley Laracey, Teresa Reichlen

Maria Kowroski, Craig Hall, Gonzalo Garcia

Tyler Angle, Adrian Danchig-Waring and Michael Nunn

Tryst Pas de Deux (October 17 & 18)

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon, (NY Premiere)

Music: James MacMillan (Full Orchestra)

Dancers: Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope

Vicissitude (October 19 Only) (NY Premiere)


Choreographer: Edwaard Liang, (NY Premiere)

Music: Franz Schubert

Dancers: Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle

Slingerland Pas de Deux (NY Premiere)

Choreographer: William Forsythe

Music: Gavin Bryars (Full Orchestra)

Dancers: Wendy Whelan and Edwaard Liang

Prokofiev Pas de Deux, (American Premiere)

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Music: Sergei Prokofiev (Full Orchestra)

Dancers: Bridget Zehr and Nehemiah Kish, Oct. 17th Only

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg, Oct.18th & 19

Fools' Paradise (American Premiere)

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Music: Joby Talbot, (Full Orchestra)

Dancers: Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall

Maria Kowroski and Edwaard Liang

Teresa Reichlen and Adrian Danchig-Waring

Aesha Ash, Tyler Angle and Gonzalo Garcia


New York City Center 2007 Season

Program 2: October 20 & 21


Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Music: Philip Glass

Dancers: Michael Nunn, William Trevitt,

Oxana Panchenko, Anastasia Yatsenko, and Adrian Danchig-Waring

Slingerland Pas de Deux, (NY Premiere)

Choreographer: William Forsythe

Music: Gavin Bryars

Dancers: Ashley Bouder and Gonzalo Garcia

Propeller, (NY Premiere)

Choreographer: Liv Lorent

Music: Antonio Vivaldi and Ezio Bosso

Dancers: Oxana Panchenko and Michael Nunn

Satie Stud, (NY Premiere)

Choreographer: Michael Clarke

Music: Erik Satie

Dancer: William Trevitt

Vicissitude, (NY Premiere) Note: Vicissitude will be performed October 19, 20 & 21

Choreographer: Edwaard Liang

Music: Franz Schubert

Dancers: Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle


Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Music: György Ligeti

Dancers: Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall

Ashley Bouder and Edwaard Liang

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