“Before Opening Night -
Richard Wherlock and His Company”

A film by Simone Winkler

“Choreography is my love and my passion. I can´t imagine my life being without choreography or without the dance.” Richard Wherlock

Richard Wherlock is a passionate choreographer and has been the ballet director in Basel for quite a few years. His choreographies are energy packed, very physically demanding, varied, entertaining, poetic and simply beautiful. Contemporary dance based in the classical.
“Before Opening Night” follows Richard Wherlock and his dancers as they create and rehearse their new piece S(c)ent. An exciting aspect in theater that the public never gets to see - usually getting only the finished product. But how does it evolve? How much work is behind it? At the beginning, what did Richard Wherlock have to get started and what does inspire him to continue?
Does he succeed in leading the dancers toward his vision? Does time pressure play a role? What are the Company's ups and downs during the rehearsal process?

The Premiere: For everyone involved, is it a huge relief or is it raw nerves?

Further Information

DVD-Release Date

August 2012


Film in color
Format: 4:3
TV Standard: NTSC, PAL
Duration: 68 Min.

Film premiere

December 13, 2012, 6pm, Kommunales Kino, Hannover, Germany


  • December 14 and 16, 2012, 6pm, Kommunales Kino, Hannover, Germany
  • December 16, 2012, 7pm, Marameo, Berlin, Germany
  • February 14 to 21, 2013, 6pm, Kino Casablanca, Dresden, Germany
  • March 8 to 10, 2013, Kino Filmhaus, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • September 22, 2013, 3pm, Kult Kino, Basel


Director:Simone Winkler
Camera: Matthias Fleischer bvk.
Simone Winkler
Andrea Baumann
Editing: Simone Winkler
Color Grading: Knut Schmitz
Sound Mixer: Dominik Rätz
Sound Studio: Tonbüro, Berlin
Music: Miro Magloire
Berliner Kammerorchester


Choreographer: Richard Wherlock
Choreograph. Assist.:Christiana Sciabordi
Dramatic Adviser: Hans Kaspar Hort
Ballet Master:Kathleen McNurney
Kevin Richmond
Répétiteur :Rita Vizvariova
Medical Consultant:David McNamara
Dancers:Aurélie Gaillard
Dana Johaníková
Debora Maiques Marín
Raquel Rey Ramos
Sara Wikström
Marius Razvan Dumitru
Thomas Kolbe
Michaël Lamour
Jason Nicoll
Roderick George
Company Dancers:Catherine Habasque
Graciela Martinez Arribas
Ilaria Masini
Ayako Nakano
Miyuki Sato
Andrea Tortosa Vidal
Cédric Anselme-Mathieu
Sergio Bustinduty
Fabio Caracci
Giovanni Mongelli
Aurélien Scannella
Askia Swift
Jon Ugarriza
Pantelis Zikas