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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NYCB dances After the Rain at dawn Sept 12 on 57th floor of 4 World Trade Center

New York City Ballet Presents New Beginnings
a Short Film Created on Location at Four World Trade Center
As a Gift to the City of New York City
See New Beginnings at
On Thursday, September 12, 2013, one day after 
the 12th anniversary of 9/11, New York City 
Ballet will release New Beginnings, a short film 
that captures an extraordinary and moving 
performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the 
Rain filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor terrace 
of Four World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.
With One World Trade Center (previously known as 
the Freedom Tower) and the iconic New York City 
skyline as a backdrop, two NYCB Principal 
Dancers, Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour, perform 
an excerpt from Wheeldon’s poignant pas de deux 
as dawn signals the beginning of a new day in New York City.
Created as both a testament to the resilience of 
the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of 
the city that New York City Ballet calls home, 
New Beginnings will be released worldwide at 
sunrise (6:34 a.m. EST) on Thursday, September 12 
on the New York City Ballet YouTube channel at

“Like the rest of the world, everyone at New York 
City Ballet was deeply affected by the events of 
9/11. Now, 12 years later, as a revitalized World 
Trade Center site begins to re-emerge, the New 
York City Ballet would like to offer this film as 
a gift to our great city,” said NYCB Ballet 
Master in Chief Peter Martins. “Dance really is a 
powerful universal language, and the New York 
City Ballet is deeply honored to be able to 
present this remarkable and touching performance 
of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain to 
people both here in New York, and all across the globe.”

New Beginnings has been directed by Davi Russo, 
was developed in collaboration with DDB New York, 
and produced by Radical Media.

On September 11, 2001, the New York City Ballet 
was on a European tour that had taken the Company 
from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Athens, Greece, and 
finally to Parma, Italy, where the Company was 
scheduled to perform as part of the Verdi 
Festival at the Teatro Regio that evening. As 
news of the events unfolding at home in New York 
began to make its way to the dancers of the New 
York City Ballet, the sense of fear and loss 
became more and more overwhelming, and Martins 
ultimately decided to cancel that evening’s 

“While we had come to Italy to 
dance, there were still so many questions about 
what was happening in New York, and still so many 
family members and friends unaccounted for, that 
it was simply not possible to ask the dancers to 
perform that evening,” said Martins.

By curtain time, the entire sold-out audience had 
arrived at the Teatro Regio, and stood in silence 
and mourned with the Company and the rest of the 
world as Martins addressed the audience to say 
that while the Company could not perform that 
evening, New York City Ballet would be back the 
next night. “We came here to dance, it is what we 
do, but our hearts are breaking and it is simply 
not possible for us to perform this evening,” 
said Martins from the stage of the theater. “But 
we will be back tomorrow, and we will be honored 
to perform for all of you then,” he said.
NYCB did perform at the Teatro Regio the 
following evening, September 12, 2001, and now 12 
years to the day, New York City Ballet offers New 
Beginnings, which features an international team 
of collaborators, including a director (Russo) 
who was born and raised in New York City, a 
British choreographer (Wheeldon), an American and 
a Danish dancer (Kowroski and la Cour), and a 
ballet set to a score by the Estonian composer 
Arvo Pärt, which provides a moving backdrop to a 
film of profound and powerful beauty.