The worlds of ballet and contemporary dance are very different — they have different vocabularies, different approaches, different emphases and textures and styles. It is exactly these differences that appeal to Wendy Whelan as she finds a new world of expression and performance in contemporary dance, as her 30-year career as a ballet dancer comes to a close.
“I’m beyond the age when most ballet dancers retire, but I’m not ready to leave dance,” Wendy says. “This is who I am, and I feel that I still have so much to say on stage and through my work. In fact, I actually feel that, being this age, I have something more interesting to say than I did when I was 25 — something real and worked and experienced. I want to work with living choreographers, dance to live music if at all feasible, I want everything to be alive, full of life.”