“The same way that an actor is developing a character and is helping to develop the show in a sense as you work with them, a dancer is doing the same—but they’re doing it physically rather than a great deal of discussion,” explains Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon in the video above, the latest in Playbill's From Ballet to Broadway series.
Wheeldon joined The Royal Ballet in 1991 and New York City Ballet in 1993, where he was promoted to soloist in 1998. He was named New York City Ballet's first resident choreographer in 2001. Currently, he is the artistic associate for The Royal Ballet. His works for The Royal Ballet include Corybantic Games and The Winter’s Tale.
He made his Broadway choreographic debut with Sweet Smell of Success in 2002. In 2015, he choreographed and directed An American in Paris, winning a Tony Award. He returns to the Broadway scene directing and choreographing Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, a new Michael Jackson musical with a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage.