★★★✰✰ Over two years after her retirement from New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan remains a sight to behold.
Dancing alone, Beamish introduces his movement: silky smooth shifts, surprising twitches, lines of energy rolling through the body…
The whole evening has the feeling of an extended experiment. We see Whelan ridding herself of ballerina habits and trying on new clothes.
This year‘s highlight was an exuberant piece from Marcelino Sambé which provided a lively closer to an otherwise rather downbeat programme.
Ultimately, it mattered less what Whelan and her collaborators were doing, and more that they were doing.
It would be invidious to compare Wendy Whelan’s brave attempt to reinvent herself as a contemporary dancer with Sylvie Guillem’s far more mature achievement.
Gallery by Dave Morgan…