Lunch and Learn:
Wendy Whelan: Former New York City Ballet Member
Her Rise from Anomaly to Stardom
A Dancer-to-Dancer Conversation with Steven Caras
(A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event)
Jan 22, 2018 | Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion
Like caviar, New York City Ballet dancer Wendy Whelan was at first an acquired taste. But soon this wiry, angular, one-of-a-kind artist inspired company directors Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins to feature her uniqueness. Whelan’s subsequent rise to Principal Ballerina status coincided with a rapidly growing fan base – an enormous audience who continue to cheer her on to this day. Now fifty, following hip surgery and a glorious farewell at NYCB, Whelan dances on, collaborating with today’s most innovative contemporary choreographers, promoting their important work in the process. Restless Creature, the new, aptly named documentary profiling Whelan’s life, is currently being held-over in theaters across the country. Excerpts will be featured in a revealing, dancer-to-dancer conversation with fellow NYCB alumnus, Steven Caras.
Note: Admission includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.
Sponsored by Susan Bloom