DANCE REVIEW: Ballerina Wendy Whelan, Restless for a Reason

February 10, 2015 3:03 PM

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At left, an iconic photograph of George Balanchine partnering Suzanne Farrell in "Don Quixote" for New York City Ballet. Wendy Whelan/Restless Creature, which we enjoyed Saturday evening in Long Beach, brought to mind this historic pairing -- a great choreographer dancing with his muse. The four-ballet program, premiered in 2013 at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, got across beautifully on the Carpenter Performing Arts Center's dance-friendly, arena-style stage. For this viewer, it was the dance event of the season.

Balanchine's chivalrous comportment with Farrell was a memorable treat for audiences in 1965. Fifty years later, former NYCB principal dancer Wendy Whelan (in her boundless versatility and rapturous spirituality Farrell's heir) made the marvelous and somewhat offbeat decision to launch her post-ball...

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