Documentary | 2017 | 91 minutes | Directed by Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger
This film will be shown indoors in the theater. Post-Screening Q&A with the film’s subject, former NYC Ballet Principal Dancer, Wendy Whelan
In 1984, Wendy Whelan joined the New York City Ballet as an apprentice; by 1991, she had been promoted to Principal Dancer. She quickly became a revered and beloved figure throughout the dance world. Wrote Roslyn Sulcas, “her sinewy physicality, her kinetic clarity, and her dramatic, otherworldly intensity have created a quite distinct and unusual identity.” Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger’s film follows this extraordinary artist throughout a passage of life that all dancers must face, when she must confront the limitations of her own body and adapt to a different relationship with the art form she loves so madly.
An NYFF54 selection. An Abramorama release.
Southampton Arts Center
Co-curated by musician and painter Scott Avett, lead singer of the folk-rock band The Avett Brothers, and David Kratz, president of the New York Academy of Art, this exhibition asks viewers to slow down and consider the story inherent in every human face.