Wendy Whelan -- Into The Future
Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:03 AM
Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:32 PM
I've been watching the second clip above and I'm liking it very much starting at 1:03:40. These last several minutes are perhaps the most interesting and show a lot of promising future direction. There have been four short clips posted by Wendy Whelan's new production, Restless Creature, and they give a brief insight into how she is working with the four choreographer/dance partners she has chosen. In this clip with Brian Brooks she seems to be the most comfortable and the closest to her old self. This might be confirmed by the fact that it is the piece she chose to present at the Works & Process at the Guggenheim*. Here rather than trying to enter the world and minds of her contemporary dance choreographer/partners, which is her stated intent, she seems to play off what he is doing. Each with their own style seems to work together and compliment each other, rather than be each other. In addition the explorations into motion and meaning that Wendy Whelan is making seems to show up quite well in these last several minutes of dance, blending very well with her long existing excellence in airy elegance and sensitivity.
What also interests me very much is the way that she has been carrying ballet sensitivity and beauty outside of ballet. For instance in Christopher Wheeldon's After The Rain (first video above) there is little if any pointe work of the feet. Working with Christopher Wheeldon and now perhaps somewhat parallel they are both extending the range of ballet.
* There was at least one other work performed as well.
Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:30 AM
Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:47 PM
Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:34 PM
Beamish has been making some very interesting dances -- he was part of a mixed bill here last year, and seems to be getting around elsewhere. It's tough to get established as a new choreographer.
Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:55 AM
After 30 years with the NYCB, Whelan plans to retire from the company after fall 2014.
Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:07 AM
Tickets went on sale today for Whelan's Restless Creature program at the Joyce Theater in New York City. The engagement is during the first week of April 2014.
Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:27 AM
Sadly, Wendy Whelan will not be touring the US with Restless Creature this Spring due to continued injury. Happily, she expects to be well enought to appear with NYCB by the Spring Season. Looking forward to seeing her back on stage.
Posted 11 April 2014 - 02:53 PM
I see on the Carpenter Center for Performing Arts (in Long Beach, CA) website that Wendy Whelan will be performing Restless Creature during their 14/15 Season, in February 2015. I'm not sure if other tour dates have been scheduled, but it seems like the motions are in place to tour Restless Creature in 2015, and to tour it to places that were not originally announced.
Posted 16 December 2014 - 05:48 PM
Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:09 PM
I saw Wendy perform both After the Rain and another Christopher Wheeldon piece called This Bitter Earth last year. But, It wasn't the Restless Creature program, her contemporary pieces were sandwiched in by a few more classical ballets, all danced by N.Y.C.B. dancers. She was the obvious star of the night, and wore only soft ballet shoes with no tights. It was truly very beautiful she seemed completely at ease. Some time after the performance, I found a New Yorker article that talked about her turning down the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy multiple times because she thought she wasn't pretty enough. This sort of broke my heart at the time but I'm glad she discovered her style at the end of her career and got to share it with us.
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