TURNING POINT

Wendy Whe­lan talks about her most chal­leng­ing role to date: be­ing a star in the process of change.

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WENDY WHE­LAN TALKS ABOUT HER MOST CHAL­LENG­ING ROLE TO DATE: BE­ING A STAR IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGE. BY AMANDA TAYLOR

On Au­gust 28, New York City Bal­let’s leg­endary prin­ci­pal dancer Wendy Whe­lan will dis­cuss the film Rest­less Crea­ture at the Southampton Arts Cen­ter. The doc­u­men­tary shows the heart­break­ing, raw, and ul­ti­mately lib­er­at­ing story of the beloved 50-year-old star as she con­fronts her body’s lim­i­ta­tions and rein­vents her­self in a dis­tinctly un­for­giv­ing pro­fes­sion.

Was it dif­fi­cult to be so vul­ner­a­ble? “I had no choice but to sur­ren­der. I had lost my physicality as I’d come to know it over my life­time, and it was terrifying to re­veal that. How­ever, it was a re­lief to be able to ex­press my­self with words. Re­lief was slowly sur­fac­ing dur­ing the 16 months of film­ing. Each month, I was in a new place of let­ting go. The film cap­tured the peel­ing away of these lay­ers.” Were you tempted to give up? “There was never a mo­ment of ‘I can’t do this any­more.’” How did you per­se­vere? “I got great plea­sure from the ex­pe­ri­ence of my own de­vel­op­ment. I be­came ad­dicted to process. Learn­ing and try­ing new things, and find­ing hid­den or un­tapped tal­ents within my­self, is some­thing I find su­per grat­i­fy­ing.” 25 Jobs Lane, 631-283-0967; southamp­tonarts­cen­ter.org

“I HAD LOST MY PHYSICALITY AS I’D COME TO KNOW IT, AND IT WAS TERRIFYING TO RE­VEAL THAT.” — wendy whe­lan

96 When she’s not in front of a cam­era, su­per­model Sofia Resing loves to surf the waves at Montauk’s Ditch Plains.

“Each month, I was in a new place of let­ting go,” says Wendy Whe­lan, whose then-im­pend­ing re­tire­ment from New York City Bal­let and trans­for­ma­tion as a dancer are cap­tured in the doc­u­men­tary Rest­less Crea­ture.

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