One of the world's great dancers, Wendy Whelan began dance lessons at the age of three in Louisville, Kentucky. At 15, she moved to New York to study dance full-time. Before long, she was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet followed by a storied 30-year career there, rising to soloist and principal dancer and performing virtually all the major George Balanchine roles.
As this thoroughly engaging documentary unfolds, 47-year-old Whelan first fights against and then comes to accept the physical limitations that come with aging. Frustration gives way to a newfound sense of freedom and creativity; she seeks to re-invent herself and embarks on innovative projects with her favorite choreographers. Restless Creature proves to be both a definitive "decoding" of Whelan and a timeless reminder of all that we value in our artists and in the creative endeavor itself.
"She's the best. There's a complexity, a sense of internal life... You're always trying to decode this person when she moves." Mikhail Baryshnikov
|Director:||Adam Schlesinger, Linda Saffire|
|Producers:||Diana DiMenna, Adam Schlesinger, Linda Saffire|
|Running Time:||93 minutes|
guests in attendance
Adam Schlesinger – Director (January 11 & 14 only)
Linda Saffire – Director (January 11 & 14 only)