Dance Performances - After the Rain Pas de Deux

About After the Rain Pas de Deux

Description

In Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain Pas de Deux, a couple performs a haunting pas de deux set to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. The work first premiered in 2005 at New York City Ballet’s annual New Combinations Evening, which honors the anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth with world premieres. The dreamlike male-female duet has been widely praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering, and it is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own.

Christopher Wheeldon, has said of the work that he didn’t realize while he was creating it that it would have such a profound impact on audiences. Wheeldon is often more attracted to creating abstract rather than narrative work, as he likes the possibility of individual interpretation. Some see After the Rain Pas de Deux as being about love and longing, while others see it as a depiction of death or loss.

“The body language suggests intimacy and, on the woman’s part, aspects of abandon and ecstasy.” –The New York Times

“Rare is the ballet that resonates so profoundly with audiences that it becomes an instant hit.”  –Dance Magazine

This production is made possible with leadership support
from the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation.

Generous support was provided by The Jaharis Family Foundation
and Judith McDonough Kaminski and Joseph Kaminski.

Performance Schedule & Tickets

There are no upcoming performances for this repertory piece.

Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon

Restaging

Jason Fowler

Music

Arvo Pärt SPIEGEL IM SPIEGEL Used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, U.S. and Canadian agent for Universal Edition Vienna, publisher and copyright owner.

Costumes

Holly Hynes

Lighting

Mark Stanley

First Performance

2005; Ailey premiere 2014

Run Time

10 minutes

Groups 10+

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Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain was an instant hit when it premiered in 2005 at New York City Ballet’s annual New Combinations Evening, which honors the anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth with world premiere ballets. A ballet in two parts, the work’s second section is a male-female pas de deux that has become a standalone piece.
(2005)   Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon  Music:  Arvo Pärt  An instant hit at New York City Ballet in 2005, Christopher Wheeldon’s dreamlike duet – praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering – is revealed in a fresh light as the ...
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