New York City Ballet’s New Beginning | A 9/11 Commemorative Film….
To commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the New York City Ballet at dawn on September 12 released a film, New Beginnings, of two of its principals dancing at sunrise on the 57th floor terrace of Four World Trade Center, now under construction in lower Manhattan.
In the film, two NYCB principal dancers, Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour, perform an excerpt from After the Rain, Christopher Wheeldon’s pas de deux. Their backdrop is the New York City skyline and One World Trade Center, which was formerly known as the Freedom Tower, and which, upon completion, will be the tallest skyscraper in North America, 1,776 feet high with its mast.
New Beginnings has an international team of collaborators–including director Davi Russo, a native New Yorker; Christopher Wheeldon, a British choreographer; Maria Kowroski, an American dancer; and Ask la Cour, a Danish dancer—as well as a score by Arvo Part, an Estonian composer.