NEW BEGINNINGS SUNRISE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 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 www.YouTube.com/nycballet 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 www.YouTube.com/nycballet. “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 performance. “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.
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