Wendy Whelan's RESTLESS CREATURE to Launch 2014 Tour
Wendy Whelan, whom The New York Times has called "America's greatest contemporary ballerina," has danced with New York City Ballet for 29 years. With the company, she has mastered Balanchine's neo-classical repertory, dance classics such as Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and created works with many of today's leading choreographers. Having reached the height of her field, Whelan, now 46, is embarking on a groundbreaking journey at an age when most ballerinas simply retire from the stage. She has launched Wendy Whelan New Works Initiative, which begins with Restless Creature, a suite of four duets, each with its own distinct style and artistry, created by and danced with Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. The work will tour to nine cities this spring including New York, London and Boston from March 18-July 26.
Co-commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and The Joyce Theater Foundation and co-produced by The Joyce Theater Foundation and Sunny Artist Management, Restless Creature gives Whelan an invigorating challenge and opportunity to work within a variety of artists' visions, while expressing her own striking individuality.
"I have a lot of energy, curiosity and desire that I want to keep exploring," says Whelan. "Throughout my career, some of my most exciting moments have happened in the rehearsal studio, creating a new work with a great choreographer. I thrive on the challenge, the exchange, the collaboration and the discovery. These experiences have shaped my artistic evolution and have kept me motivated and fulfilled. Restless Creature is a feast of riches for me. The opportunity to work with four choreographers, each with a distinctive and strong vocabulary that is extremely different from my own. I've always tried to share my vulnerability and imperfections when I perform, and now I want to expose myself even more - that's where true beauty lies."
Each choreographer brings a unique perspective to Restless Creature, sharing his particular movement style and aesthetic with Whelan. With music spanning from Max Richter and Philip Glass to Hauschka & Hildur Guðnadóttir, each duet offers a distinct experience for the performers and audience members alike. The program includes First Fall by Brian Brooks, The Serpent and the Smoke by Kyle Abraham, Ego Et Tu by Alejandro Cerrudo, and Joshua Beamish's Waltz Epoca. All feature lighting by Joe Levasseur, costumes by Karen Young and creative direction by David Michalek.