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Wendy Whelan: The Edgy Ballerina Says Good-Bye to New York City Ballet and Hello to New Experiments

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Wendy Whelan: The Edgy Ballerina Says Good-Bye to New York City Ballet and Hello to New Experiments

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Wendy Whelan has practically defined the term "contemporary ballerina." With her crystal-cut shapes and unsentimental, almost spiritual energy, she brings clarity to whatever she dances, whether it's Balanchine, Wheeldon, Ratmansky or McGregor. Her last season with New York City Ballet, which opens September 23, is bound to be bittersweet for many in the ballet world. The sweet part is that after her farewell performance on October 18, she will begin a two-year term as artistic associate at New York City Center and resume her duet project Restless Creature, touring 17 U.S. cities in 2015.

How do you feel when you look back on your 30 years with NYCB?

It's been the greatest gift of my life. I was really lucky to be chosen for this company and to be noticed by Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins and all the choreographers that have come in and out. I've had a strong body that's kept me injury-free pretty much the whole time so I could get it all in. I tried to eat everything up because it was so nutritious and bountiful.

What are you planning for October 18?

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I have an idea to use each of those elements in my own way--though I might have to forgo the something blue.

What does your role at City Center entail?

My residency starts in November. I'll get studio time and have showings for City Center people and my funders. I'll also partake in studio talks and things like that. …

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