Follow prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades.
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“Her disarming combination of humility and honesty, making light of heavy emotions without concealing their true weight, has much to do with how this affecting film portrait can sneak up on you.”
– Brian Seibert, New York Times
“The film assembles a full-bodied appreciation of her contribution to the art and the profound respect she commands within the field.”
– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
“Ballet connoisseurs will find Restless Creature captivating, yet the uninitiated need not shy away from it.”
– Lisa Jo Sagolla, Film Journal International
“Exhibits Whelan’s grace in dance and in life.”
– Serena Donadoni, The Wrap
“It’s that intimacy that makes Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan an artist documentary that will play movingly — inspiringly, even — for those who aren’t already fans.”
– Kenji Fujishima, Paste Magazine
RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan 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.
As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. 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 comeback 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. (Abramorama)