After the Rain pas de deux


Arvo Pärt
(Spiegel im Spiegel, 1978)


Christopher Wheeldon


Damian Smith

Costume Design

Holly Hynes

Lighting Design

Mark Stanley


11 minutes


January 22, 2005; New York City Ballet

PNB 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.

Program Notes

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. In a series of unfolding partnering movements, the dancers explore the shifting emotions of their relationship.

Notes compiled by Doug Fullington.