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The Ballet Dancer: Wendy Whelan + Mark Solms


Friday, January 24, 2014
7:00 PM–8:30 PM


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Hailed as America’s greatest contemporary ballerina, Wendy Whelan analyzes the discipline and sheer willpower it takes to stay on point and on top with the help of neuropsychologist (and vintner) Mark Solms.
The much acclaimed Wendy Whelanhas been a principal dancer at New York City Ballet since 1991. Her roles have ranged from the abstract ballets of Balanchine’sAgon, Episodes and Symphony in Three Movementsto his more romantic works includingLiebeslieder Walzer, A Midsummer Nights Dream,andLa Sonnambula.She has danced the full-length classics such as Peter Martins’ Swan Lake,andThe Sleeping Beauty. Sheworked closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets, most notably,The Cage, Dances at a Gathering, In the Nightand Opus 19 / The Dreamer. Christopher Wheeldon has created leading roles for Ms. Whelan in 13 of his ballets including,Polyphonia, Liturgy, and After the Rain.She has originated featured roles in the ballets ofAlexei Ratmansky, as well as works by William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Shen Wei and Twyla Tharp. Ms. Whelan appeared as Arabian Coffee in the film version ofGeorge Balanchine’s The Nutcrackerand has appeared in numerous televised broadcasts ofLive From Lincoln Center, on PBS. In 2010, she starred in the dance filmLabyrinth Within,by the award winning Swedish choreographer and filmmaker, Pontus Lidberg.In 2013, she produced and premiered her first independent program of work entitled Restless Creature. In it she dances separate duets by and with four of today’s most cutting edge contemporary choreographers.Touring of Restless Creature begins in March of 2014.
Professor Mark Solms is best known for his discovery of the brain mechanisms of dreaming, and his pioneering use of psychoanalytic methods and theories in contemporary neuroscience. Born in Lüderitz in 1961, he was educated at Pretoria Boys’ School and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to London in 1988, where he worked at the Royal London Hospital (Dept Neurosurgery) while he trained as an analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He returned to South Africa in 2002, where he now holds the Chair in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital.
He is president of the South African Psychoanalytic Association, member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and was awarded Honorary Membership of the New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1998. Other awards include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1996), the International Psychiatrist award for contributions to American psychiatry (American Psychiatric Association, 2001) and the Sigourney Prize for contributions to psychoanalysis (2012). He has published more than 250 chapters and articles in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals. He has published five books, including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis (2000) and The Brain and the Inner World (2002). His last book was a bestseller and translated into eight languages. He is the editor of the Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and the forthcoming Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).

Photo: Nisian Hughes

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