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Wendy Whelan

"Restless Creature" Could Be A Little More Restless

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It was a lazy Saturday afternoon in Chelsea. Wanderers traipsed across the High Line, stealing light from the sun and embracing summer with selfies and gelato. Underneath them and a few streets east, crowds ventured into the Joyce, the heat outside prompting a soft malaise among them.

Want to Go to Paris? Take a Shortcut Through Broadway

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Don't get me wrong, there's no problem with being a sex worker, or a wife, or a ballerina, or a heiress if you so choose. But what the female protagonists and antagonists in Gigi and An American in Paris lack is agency in their happily ever afters.

Changing of the Guard: Five Prima Ballerinas Reflect on the Biggest Change in the Dance World

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.05.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This is an extraordinary time in the dance world, when five of the greatest ballerinas of our time, from leading American ballet companies, have, coincidentally, all announced their retirement within months of each other.

Introducing: Joshua Beamish, Choreographer

Ken Ludden | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Philanthropists and visionary entrepreneurs must sustain companies which will allow brilliant choreographers like Beamish to create their body of work without distraction. This type of support is a necessary step to creating The Coming Golden Age of Fine Art.

Wendy Whelan's Farewell Performance at NYCB Featured 'After the Rain' Pas de Deux

Susan Eley | Posted 12.24.2014 | New York
Susan Eley

Tears, flowers and an outpouring of love accompanied Wendy Whelan's farewell performance at the New York City Ballet on Saturday, October 18. Many of us would call the NYCB the greatest ballet company in the world, and, so, we collectively mourn the loss of its reining queen.

Beloved American Ballerina Ends Career

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a sunny October afternoon, and Wendy Whelan, who's been enthralling audiences for three decades at New York City Ballet, is eng...

Wendy Whelan: Curious and Open (With a Sense of Humor)

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Wendy Whelan, the much beloved principal dancer for New York City Ballet, is already a legend. Her career has spanned an astonishing 29 years during which she has done pretty much everything imaginable.

17 Ballet Icons Who Are Changing The Face Of Dance Today

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts

Ballet has long suffered from a diversity problem. "Classical ballet celebrates pale princesses and fair swans," Olivia Goldhill and Sarah Marsh wrote...

Brian Brooks And Run Don't Run

Christopher Duggan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

Brian Brooks Moving Company performed Run Don't Run at BAM Fisher in Brooklyn. It's a great new theater and the dance's set design was an exciting feature to photograph.

Wendy Whelan - A National Treasure

Christopher Duggan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

Ella Baff introduced her before every performance as a National Treasure, and that's the perfect description. There's a reason she's a superstar. She is just captivating.

Photographing Wendy Whelan In Restless Creature

Christopher Duggan | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

After years of photographing and filming performances and rehearsals, Nel and I believe in the power of great dance documentation, but nothing compares to seeing Wendy Whelan perform live. She is captivating, enthralling, alluring -- I just can't describe how I feel when I watch her dance.

Are Ballerinas Dog or Cat People? Instagram and the New York City Ballet

James Sims | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts
James Sims

George Balanchine once said, "See the music, hear the dance." Perhaps Balanchine's successor, Peter Martins, can add, "See the music, hear the dance, Instagram the dogs."

Women in the Arts

NYC-ARTS | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

The women we look up to in the arts -- from New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan soaring above the stage at Lincoln Center to action hero Elizabeth Streb scaling a building in London -- have their own inspiring heroines, some famous and others less known.

In Conversation With Damian Woetzel, Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival

Adria Rolnik | Posted 09.26.2012 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

VIDF has grown into one of the most renowned summer festivals in the world and has been widely acclaimed for its innovation.

Review: Wheeldon's Wonders at New York City Ballet

Margaret Fuhrer | Posted 04.05.2012 | Arts
Margaret Fuhrer

It's never fun to be late to the party, especially a party thrown by the New York City Ballet and Christopher Wheeldon. I missed the premiere of the c...

Culture Zohn: The Architecture of Dance Festival Begins at New York City Ballet

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Patricia Zohn

2010-05-03-outsidepull.jpg It's no wonder Alexei Ratmansky is in such great demand. He is the real deal, making his own dance architecture out of thin air.

Culture Zohn Off the C(H)uff: Wendy Whelan: Sexy, Modern, Muse of the Dance

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2009-01-23-zpull.jpg What's it like to be a muse to famous artists? What is it like to inspire creativity, to have people study your body, the way you move, the tilt of your head?

Christopher Wheeldon is Trying Very Hard to Make Ballet Hip, Sexy and Accessible, But Will He Be Successful?

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tonya Plank

Of all ballet artists, Wheeldon one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world these days and seems to be trying the hardest to bring ballet back.

Bless This House

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Opera, is dark as it undergoes a year of renovation. It is a house of past and perhaps future artistic importance in two art forms.

Is Ballet Dead? Never! New York City Ballet Presents an Enticing Evening of New Work

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tonya Plank

I had a wonderful night at New York City Ballet the other night. The program, titled "Here and Now", focused on some of the company's newest works, and was kind of a celebration of the future, of 21st Century ballet.