Photography by Andrej Uspenski
This year, ballet companies around the world are honoring Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. The Royal Ballet will mark the occasion with the premiere in April of Christopher Wheeldon’s first work based on a Shakespeare play—The Winter’s Tale. A co-production with the National Ballet of Canada, the story veers from psychological drama to near-slapstick comedy. Shakespeare’s text also poses numerous choreographic challenges—among them the fact that the heroine, Queen Hermione, is pregnant for much of the first act. Pointe went inside a Winter’s Tale rehearsal with Wheeldon and several members of his lead cast.