12 January 2016 at 5.15pm | 1 Comment
In 2005, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet Christopher Wheeldon choreographed his landmark one-act ballet After the Rain for the New York City Ballet. The piece is a celebration of the company's founder, George Balanchine and is set to a moving score by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Eight years later, NYCB Principals Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour performed an extract of the work — the final pas de deux — on the 57th floor of 4 WTC, one of the buildings in Lower Manhattan that makes up the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. Since 2013, the film has been viewed on YouTube almost 2 million times.
Next month, the full ballet will be performed by The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden for the first time as part of a mixed programme of Wheeldon works which features the world premiere of his new ballet Strapless and another one-act work, Within The Golden Hour.
The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern runs 16–24 March 2017. Tickets are still available.
The mixed programme is staged with generous philanthropic support from John and Susan Burns, Gail and Gerald Ronson through The Gerald Ronson Foundation and the Wheeldon Triple Bill Production Syndicate.