Wendy Whelan's Restless Creature to Get its Much-Anticipated Chicago Premiere

Donned "America's greatest contemporary ballerina" by The New York Times, Wendy Whelan will bring her heavily-anticipated, collaborative work Restless Creature to Harris Theater this winter (photo by Nisian Hughs).

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has announced the rescheduled Chicago premiere of Restless Creature, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The much-anticipated new collaborative work from New York City Ballet’s Wendy Whelan features duets created by and danced with acclaimed choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s resident choreographer.

Whelan was previously scheduled to perform Restless Creature at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance last March before undergoing surgery and recovery to mend a labral tear in her right hip.  

The New York Times
has dubbed Whelan “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina.” During her 30-year career with The New York City Ballet, she has mastered Balanchine’s neoclassical repertory, danced classics such as Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, and created works with many of today’s leading choreographers. Whelan will give her final performance with The New York City Ballet on October 18, 2014.  

Whelan, now 46, is embarking on a groundbreaking journey at an age when most ballerinas retire from the stage. Having reached the height of her field, she has launched Wendy Whelan New Works Initiative, which begins with Restless Creature, a suite of four duets, each with its own distinct style and artistry. The work received its world premiere in August 2013 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

As Whelan pointed out, the upcoming performance will actually be a kind of choreographic home-coming for Restless Creature. “I actually had the Harris Theater in mind while I was developing my project. I sort of tailor-made the work for this kind of theater,” Whelan said.

For more information about the upcoming performance or for tickets, visit harristheaterchicago.org or by calling the Box Office at 312.334.7777.