"The video shows New York City Ballet principal dancers Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour performing on the 57th-floor terrace of Four World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. The backdrop, of course, is One World Trade Center. The dancers perform an excerpt from choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's poignant "After the Rain" pas de deux — signifying new beginnings in New York City."
"Dance enthusiasts are accustomed to seeing the piece on a bare darkened stage, performed by a spotlighted ballerina with hair flowing, garbed in pale pink and ballet slippers instead of point shoes, and a male dancer wearing silky white pants. Like its minimalist music and setting, the dance is stripped to its essentials and is touchingly raw.
Seeing it performed on a roof in the soft light of dawn is a reminder that context matters in art. It’s daybreak instead of the black of night. The pale blue sky lighted by silvery silhouettes of skyscrapers – the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and directly behind the dancers, Freedom Tower – creates a sense is of expansiveness and of hope.
It’s windy on the roof – you see the dancer’s pant legs rippling, the ballerina’s hair twirling and can easily imagine goosebumps dotting their skin. Theaters, unlike rooftops, are controlled environments. But as we know all too well some things cannot always be controlled."
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