23 July 2014 at 3.55pm | 3 Comments
‘There’s something very magnetic about Wendy: when she comes out on stage she exudes that difference that a great artist has’. So says choreographer Christopher Wheeldon of the American ballet star who has provided inspiration for many of his works.
Christopher first met Wendy Whelan when the two were dancing with New York City Ballet in the 1990s and when he went on to choreograph Polyphonia, the work he describes as his ‘break-out ballet’, it was Wendy he turned to. ‘She inspired me enormously: she’s really interested in working with artists who are interested in her opinion and finding ways to combine forces to make something beautiful.’
This autumn, after 30 years at New York City Ballet, Whelan will be retiring from the company and is making the leap from ballet to contemporary dance. For her new project, Restless Creature, which is in the Linbury Studio Theatre, she has invited four choreographers of modern dance – Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo – to create pieces for her to perform with each of them.
We spoke to Wheeldon about just what it is that makes working with Wendy – and watching her dance – so special.
Restless Creature runs in the Linbury Studio Theatre until 26 July 2014. Tickets are still available. The piece will also be performed at the Vail International Dance Festival on 6 August and further tour dates are still to be announced.