Born in Bristol, Great Britain, Richard Wherlock studied at the renowned Ballet Rambert Academy and went on to dance with the Ballet Rambert Company and Tanz Forum Köln. In 1991 Richard Wherlock became the Ballet Director at Theater Hagen, and beginning in 1996 directed the Ballet Company at Theater Lucerne for three seasons. He was then invited to become the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Berlin Ballett, Komische Oper Berlin. In 2001 Richard Wherlock took over the position of Director and Choreographer of the Ballett Basel, where he remains today. He was additionally the Artistic Director of the ‘Basel tanzt’ Festival from 2004-2009.
His guest engagements include works choreographed for the following companies: New English Contemporary Ballet, Tanzforum Köln, Scapino Ballet, Rotterdam, Finnish Dance Theatre, Helsinki, Ballett Staatstheater Braunschweig, Rumanian National Ballett, The Icelandic Ballet, Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine, Ballet National de Marseille, Ballet de l’Opéra de Nice, Aalto Balletto, Theater Essen, Europa Danse (UNESCO), Ballett der Deutschen Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisiburg, Singapore Dance Theatre, Ballett der Vereinigten Bühnen Graz, Introdans in Arnheim, Holland, Ballett des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds und Ballet Contemporaneo del Teatro San Martín/Argentinien. In addition, he has created works for Les Étoiles de l’Opéra National de Paris.
His choreography for film and television includes a collaboration with Claude Lelouch on the film «Hasards ou Coïncidences» which premiered at the Biennale in Venice and was presented at the Film Festivals in Montreal and Chicago.
His choreography for the Swiss television dance film «Passengers», produced by SF DRS, RM Associates and 3SAT, was awarded the Prix Italia in 2000. His second TV film collaboration with SF DRS, «One bullet left», received the «Rose d’Or» at the International Festival for Television- Entertainment in 2003. In 1999 Richard Wherlock was nominated for the «Benois de la Danse» Prize.
His particular interest lies in the artistic nurturing of the younger generation.