Event Details

Screening of RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN followed by Q&A

Date: October 16th, 2017
Venue: Theatre Three
Address: 412 Main Street
City: Port Jefferson
Organization: Port Jefferson Documentary Series
Time: 07:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m.
Price: $7 at the door (no credit cards, please)
Age: 16+
Website: http://portjeffdocumentaryseries.com


Guest Speaker for the Q&A will be Wendy Whelan, Former Prima Ballerina at the New York City Ballet and subject of the film!

RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave the New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan danced ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins as well as new works by modern standout choreographers with many roles made specifically for her. 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. What we see is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to NYCB and we watch as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create “Restless Creature,” a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the filmmakers “weave this extended diary into a narrative as fluid, committed and elegant in its movements as one of Whelan’s performances.”

Time: 90 min
Co-sponsored by the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross P.C., Hauppauge, NY, The Amy Tyler School of Dance, Port Jefferson, NY and The Backstage Studio of Dance, Port Jefferson Station, NY