Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

In 2014, following many months of therapy and surgery to treat a tear in her hip cartilage, Wendy Whelan gave her farewell performance after 30 years with the New York City Ballet. Directors Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger document this anguishing journey, stressing, perhaps too often, Whelan’s injury and treatments (including graphic depictions of her surgery) and her tremendous grief at leaving ballet behind (though she wisely, bravely followed her retirement with a modern-dance project, “Restless Creature”). The film offers a trove of insights into the world of dance, including many glimpses of famed choreographers and fellow performers, and reveals a performer as remarkable for her warmth and candor as for her singular artistry.