Wendy Whelan, Restless Creature | A Photo Essay

Wendy Whelan in my natural light studio at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Wendy in my Natural Light Studio

 

Wendy Whelan Restless Creature cast in my natural light studio at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Joshua Beamish, Kyle Abraham, Wendy Whelan, Alejandro Cerrudo & Brian Brooks

 

There’s just something about Wendy.

I never really had such all-access permission to follow such a star here on campus at Jacob’s Pillow. Wendy let me in her dressing room and while warming up in the Bakalar Studio, allowed me to photograph her performance from backstage…and always with a smile. She’s easy to work with and really trusted me. I was grateful for the whole experience.

Wendy Whelan at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Wendy from backstage

 

Ella Baff introduced her before every performance as a National Treasure, and that’s the perfect description. There’s a reason she’s a superstar. She is just captivating.

Wendy Whelan & Nel Shelby at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Wendy & Nel

 

My wife Nel was featured in a PillowTalk titled “The Art of Promotion,” focused on using film to promote dance. Wendy made a cameo appearance at the talk, and you can see the affinity they have for one another. They have tremendous respect for each other and it’s been a wonderful collaboration.

Wendy Whelan Restless Creature post-show talk at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Restless Creature post-show talk

 

It was a fun week for me, and I wanted to make these images as a gift for Wendy – to commemorate such a momentous and important engagement for her.

Wendy Whelan warming up at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Wendy warming up

 

Stay tuned. Just because the festival ends Sunday, doesn’t mean I don’t have more to share! Next week – photos from Martha Graham Dance Company & Abraham.In.Motion’s performances at the Pillow.

Wendy Whelan & Christopher Duggan at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Wendy & me