Ashley Wheater

(b. 1959)

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(b Biggar, Scotland, 16 Aug. 1959)

British dancer and director. He studied at the Royal Ballet School and in 1973, while still a student, created the role of the Polish Child in Ashton's choreography for the Britten opera, Death in Venice. He graduated into the Royal Ballet in 1978, subsequently dancing with London Festival Ballet (1979), Australian Ballet (1982–85), Joffrey Ballet (1985–89), and San Francisco Ballet (from 1989). Here he danced most of the classical and contemporary repertories as well as creating roles in works by Tomasson, Kudelka, Bintley, and Morris. In 1996 an injury curtailed his stage career and while he continued to perform character roles he was appointed ballet master and then in 2002 assistant artistic director of SFB. He became artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet in 2007.

Subjects: Dance.

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