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Restless Creature

ballet • biographical • contemporary dance • dance • documentary • nostalgic
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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. 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 humour. 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. Whelan’s unflinching honesty, her tireless determination, and her winsome attitude—along with her breathtaking dancing—make Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan not just a fascinating portrait of an artist grappling with change but also a delight to watch.

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