Music: Arvo Pärt (Spiegel im Spiegel, 1978)
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Staging: Damian Smith
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Duration: 8 minutes
Premiere: January 22, 2005; New York City Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: September 20, 2008
The 2008 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain pas de deux was generously underwritten by Ernest & Diane Burgess.
Christopher Wheeldon’s pas de deux from After the Rain is the second half of a two-part work, the first of which features an ensemble of three couples dancing to Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa. The following pas de deux is performed to Pärt’s spare and tender duet for piano and violin, Spiegel im Spiegel. The ballerina is dressed in pink and her partner is bare-chested. In a series of unfolding partnering movements, the dancers explore the shifting emotions of their relationship.
After the Rain pas de deux is the fourth work by Christopher Wheeldon to enter PNB’s repertory.
Alina - Arvo Pärt (ECM Records)
Notes compiled by Doug Fullington.