Music: Frederic Chopin (Nocturne, Op. 27, no. 1, 1835; Nocturne, Op. 55, nos. 1 & 2, 1843; Nocturne, Op. 9, no. 2, 1830–31)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Maria Calegari
Costume Design: Anthony Dowell
Costume Design Supervision: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton, recreated by Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: January 29, 1970; New York City Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: September 22, 2005
Duration: 25 minutes
Set to four Chopin nocturnes, solo piano pieces to be played at night, In the Night explores three stages of the love relationship—tender young love, mature and balanced love, and fiery, passionate love—in three extended pas de deux. In addition to The Concert (1956), Robbins made three ballets set to solo piano music by Chopin: Dances at a Gathering (1969), In the Night (1970) and Other Dances(1976). Discussing In the Night, he stated, “I’m still fascinated by the music of Chopin. It keeps opening up avenues for me, so there is more to come.”
Notes by Doug Fullington.
Contributing Artists for the 2018 Performance
Maria Calegari is a ballet instructor and former principal dancer with New York City Ballet. A native New Yorker, Ms. Calegari was chosen at age 17 by George Balanchine to join NYCB. She worked extensively with both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins from 1974 to 1994, performing and creating more than 40 soloist roles in their extensive repertory. She has appeared numerous times on public television, on Live from Lincoln Center as Titania in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Great Performances, and more recently on PBS in American Masters’ Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About in 2010. Since 1998, Ms. Calegari has staged ballets for the George Balanchine Trust and Robbins Rights Trust worldwide, often with her husband Bart Cook. Her staging of Diamonds at the Royal Ballet in 2007 won the Lawrence Olivier Award.
In 2011, she became president and co-founder of the Apollo Arts Initiative Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering cultural awareness and wellness in its deepest holistic sense within the community and the individual (www.apolloartsinitiative.org). She received the prestigious Jerome Robbins Award in 2011 at Lincoln Center for her contributions in dance, and in 2013, she received the Isadora Duncan Award (Izzie) for outstanding achievement in her staging of George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony for San Francisco Ballet in 2012. Ms. Calegari is an exhibited watercolorist and has published several essays on the significance of arts and culture in the world today from an esoteric perspective.
Cameron Grant joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1984 and was appointed pianist of the orchestra in 1998. He performed all the company’s major piano ballets, including Jerome Robbins’ Goldberg Variations and George Balanchine’s Davidsbundlertänze. Mr. Grant has been the piano soloist for ballet premieres by Richard Tanner, Robert La Fosse, and Christopher Wheeldon. In 2004, he appeared in the Emmy Award-winning Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of New York City Ballet and performed with the company at Kennedy Center Honors before the President.