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Carnival of the Animals (Work-in-Progress excerpt) with Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph/ Film - Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan with Choreography by Francesca Harper

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

Wendy Whelan- once called “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina” by the NY Times—brings an excerpt of a new work-in-progress inspired by Saint-Saens’ composition to SummerStage. She’s joined by acclaimed spoken-word artist and playwright, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who will open the show with a solo poetry performance followed by the Whelan collaboration. The evening will continue with a screening of the 2013 documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, which follows Whelan as she struggles to recover from a potentially career-ending injury and reinvent herself as a dancer beyond the world of ballet.

Watch the trailer for “Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” here

Attending the show? Enjoy a VIP experience and be added to our VIP Guest list by purchasing Member for a Day access starting at  $99 per person. Skip the admission line and enjoy our Member Lounge with free beer and wine, food order service, and air conditioned VIP restrooms. Contact us at: for more information and to purchase.

Join us at 6pm for the pre-show panel:

The Art of the Transition: A Conversation On Next Steps

Join us as we talk with celebrated dancers, Alicia Graf-Mack, Desmond Richardson & Bebe Neuwirth, about the unique challenges artists face around career transition.

RSVP is required for all panels and is on first-come, first-served basis at

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