The story of how ballet superstar Wendy Whelan and choreographer Brian Brooks’ new show Some of a Thousand Words began is the continuation, and in some ways, the culmination, of a moment of kismet several years ago when the two met at the Fire Island Dance Festival, in 2011. Whelan saw Brooks’ work, and was “smitten,” she says. The two connected after the show. “It was a meeting I’ll never forget. Brian was so down to earth and warm. I couldn't fathom that the cool urban intellect of his work came out of such a warm and lovable person,” says Whelan. Then, in 2012, Damian Woetzel, director of the Vail International Dance Festival, asked the two if they would be interested in working together on a solo for Whelan that would be set to live music by Brooklyn Rider, the popular string quartet. When the idea emerged, Whelan remembered her initial meeting with Brooks, and had a thought: What if she and Brooks were to dance together? And, what if this was be the beginning of a larger project?