After the Rain pas de deux Music: Arvo Pärt (Spiegel im Spiegel, 1978) Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Staging: Damian Smith Costume Design: Holly Hynes Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
PREMIERE: January 22, 2005; New York City Ballet PNB PREMIERE: September 20, 2008
“Spare and poignant, the duet intimates a renewal of faith, a reburgeoning of love.” — Village Voice
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.
ALL WHEELDON Sep. 23-Oct. 2, 2011 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall