In the Night contrasts three different couples through a series of pas de deux.
Jerome Robbins’s bold 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 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 tumultous 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.