Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of In the Night. It was last on stage 29 May—4 June 2015.
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.
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In the Night is a ballet in one act made by New York City Ballet ballet master Jerome Robbins to solo piano music of Chopin: The premiere took place on Thursday, January 29, 1970 at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, with costumes by Anthony Dowell and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. Robbins made three other ballets to Chopin's music: The Concert (1956), Dances at a Gathering (1969), and Other Dances (1976), made on Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova.