Pennsylvania Ballet will perform Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush on tour as past of the 2017 Fall For Dance Festival at New York City Center. The 14th edition of the annual festival will feature 20 acclaimed dance companies and artists from around the world from October 2 through 14, 2017.

Wheeldon’s Rush combines postmodern style with Bohuslav Martinů’s youthful score to create a fresh dance experience with traditional roots. The ballet opens with a whirlwind of dynamic movement, vibrant costumes, and a rush of excitement; followed by an elegant pas de deux which strives to mirror Martinů’s melodic patterns during the legato second movement. Rush comes to an exciting close with the same vigorous and unpredictable movement found in its opening section, creating an invigorating ballet from beginning to end.

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Christopher Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School, joining the company in 1991. He joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1993 and was promoted to soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever artist in residence in 2000 and was named their first resident choreographer in July 2001.

Mr. Wheeldon has created productions for all of the world’s major ballet companies, including New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and National Ballet of Canada. He created his first work for Pennsylvania Ballet in 2004: the full length Swan Lake.

In 2007, Mr. Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an associate artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. He choreographed Dance of the Hours for La Gioconda (2006) and Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen (2012) for the Metropolitan Opera, as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002).

Mr. Wheeldon also directed and choreographed the musical version of An American in Paris, which premiered in Paris in 2014 at the Théâtre du Châtelet. The Broadway production premiered at the Palace Theatre on April 12, 2015, earning Mr. Wheeldon the 2015 Tony Award for best choreography as well as an Outer Critics Award for best choreography and direction.

Additional awards for Mr. Wheeldon include the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, a Dance Magazine Award, and the London Critic’s Circle Award for best new ballet for Polyphonia. In 2013 and 2015, his productions of Cinderella and The Winter’s Tale won the Prix Benois de la Danse. He is also an Olivier Award winner for Aeternum and The Winter’s Tale and won the 2014 Leonard Massine Prize for Choreography. Mr. Wheeldon currently serves as artistic associate of The Royal Ballet and was made an OBE in 2016.

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