Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

2016, Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger, USA, 94 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 28th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 28th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 29th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jul 30th 1:15pm
  • Sun, Jul 30th 3:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 31st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 1st 8:30pm
  • Wed, Aug 2nd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 3rd 8:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Bravissima!...The film is inspiring...Co-directors Saffire and Schlesinger weave this extended diary into a narrative as fluid, committed and elegant in its movements as one of Whelan's performances." — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"This affecting film portrait can sneak up on you...The film is both a comeback story and, more profoundly, a coming to terms with aging." — Brian Seibert, The New York Times

One of the most admired ballerinas of recent times, Wendy Whelan has been celebrated for her non-diva-like behavior and her remarkable longevity as well as for her dancing ability. "If I don't dance, I'd rather die," she claimed, only half-jokingly, but, as she reached her mid-40s, the New York City Ballet began easing her out of signature roles, and then a serious hip injury necessitated surgery. The footage of her performances, past and present, is stunning, but what sets this stirring film above other dance documentaries is the engaging personality of Wendy Whelan and the extraordinary access she gives to the filmmakers as she faces a crisis that forces her not only to face the possible end of her career but also, as she realizes, to grow as a person and an artist. DCP digital. (MR)

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