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New plans for Morphoses

Posted on November 8, 2010

Italian choreographer and stage director Luca Veggetti will become the first resident artistic director of Morphoses, the dance company founded by Christopher Wheeldon and Lourdes Lopez.

Though the company was founded as “The Wheeldon Company”, Wheeldon left earlier this year, with complaints on both sides: Lopez wanted Wheeldon to commit more of his time to the company, while Wheeldon was frustrated by Morphoses’ high turnover of dancers.

Veggetti’s appointment is part of a new plan for Morphoses, which will now appoint a new resident artistic director each season, with Lopez as ongoing director. In the 2011-2012 season, Veggetti will lead the company in a full-length staging of Euripides’ The Bacchae, in collaboration with composer Paolo Aralla, playwright and performance artist Luca Scarlini and flautist Erin Lesser of the Argento Chamber Orchestra and Alarm Will Sound. Veggetti said, “By providing the resources, conditions and connections necessary for real creativity, Morphoses offers a dream platform for artists who are looking to evolve dance for the 21st century. It is therefore an honour and a privilege to have been selected as Morphoses’ first Resident Artistic Director for the 2011-2012 season.”

Veggetti’s Bacchae will have its premiere in October 2011, as part of Morphoses’ autumn season in New York. The project will be developed in stages throughout the year, with workshops showing off the way the individual artistic components come together. Born in Bologna, Veggetti trained at La Scala, Milan, and danced with London Festival Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet Chicago. He has worked regularly as choreographer and assistant to the stage director and designer Pier Luigi Pizzi. For more information, see www.morphoses.org

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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