A moment arrives at the conclusion of the documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
when the New York City Ballet principle dancer, then 47, performs her last plie on the Lincoln Center stage
. Between two exquisite male dancers, Whelan's slender, muscular body is pliant, fluid, driven by a spirit that channels the music and its emotion and transmits that to the audience. Her art is so great that we only see the beauty, not the effort – her backstage struggle with the limits of the human body as she approached fifty.