“‘If I don’t dance, I’d rather die’—I’ve actually said that,” Wendy Whelan laughs at one point, acknowledging how ridiculous this might sound. But that doesn’t mean the sentiment is false. This intimate documentary opens on the world-renowned ballerina at age 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement after a record-setting 30 years with New York City Ballet (NYCB). We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to NYCB while beginning to explore the world of dance outside of the company. In coming to terms with the inevitably of aging, she defies the clock by venturing into her first solo project, Restless Creature. As we journey with Whelan through candid interviews and breathtaking footage of her mesmerizing talent, we’re ultimately left with an inspiring portrait of strength, resilience, and good humor.
Tickets: $8 (member), $13 (nonmember)