Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of In the Night. It was last on stage 22 December 2012—11 January 2013 as part of the Winter 2012/13 season.
Three very different couples – one of young lovers, another elegant and refined and the last tempestuously passionate – dance a series of sumptuous pas de deux.
In the Night, Jerome Robbins’s striking depiction of the varying shades of romantic love, was created for New York City Ballet in 1970. The elegant costumes were designed by Anthony Dowell, who also danced in The Royal Ballet’s production in 1973. Three pas de deux, each choreographed to a different nocturne by Fryderyk Chopin, depict three very different kinds of relationship.
The first couple take to the stage in violet costumes and perform a flowing duet of tender expressiveness. They are followed by a couple wearing gold and rust colours, who dance a pas de deux of restraint and elegance. The final duet provides a tumultuous counterpoint: the ballerina, dressed in a dark dress, swings between explosive anger and desperate entreaty, as she and her partner are caught in a pattern of dispute and reconciliation. The finale brings all six dancers to the stage, concluding this beautiful and complex portrait of love’s twists and turns.
News and features
30 May 2015
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18 May 2015
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9 March 2015
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16 May 2014
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In the Night is a ballet made by New York City Ballet balletmaster Jerome Robbins to solo piano music of Chopin: