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After the Rain

16–24 March 2017
Main Stage

Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed one-act ballet is set to elegiac music by Arvo Pärt.

When to see it

Introduction

After the Rain is in two parts. The first is choreographed for three couples; the second is a haunting pas de deux.

Background

Wheeldon created After the Rain for New York City Ballet’s 2005 New Combinations Evening, an annual celebration of the company’s founder George Balanchine. The original ballet is in two parts, with the first for three couples. Wheeldon described how ‘it wasn’t until after having an audience see it that I realized people were very moved by it… . Some people think that they see this idea of loss, or some of love. That’s the wonderful thing about making abstract dance, that you all get to decide the story that you see’.

The second part of After the Rain, a pas de deux set to Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, has struck a deep chord with audiences and is now one of Wheeldon’s most famous works. The pas de deux was created on Wendy Whelan – a regular collaborator with Wheeldon – and Jock Soto, shortly before Soto’s retirement. In 2013, the extract was performed by NYCB principals Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour on the 57th floor of 4WTC, the skyscraper that stands on one corner of Ground Zero in New York. The complete ballet entered The Royal Ballet’s repertory in 2016.

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