Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

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Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan


Thursday Aug 24 01:00 PM
Thursday Aug 24 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger. USA. 2017. 90 min.

Get an intimate look at prima ballerina Wendy Whelan in this New York Times Critics’ Pick as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by contemporary choreographers such Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan.

As the film opens, Whelan is 46 and battling a painful injury that has kept her from the stage and facing the prospect of retirement. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her to return to NYCB and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create Restless Creature, a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.

Read the New York Times review

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