In the midst of preparing for our now-canceled spring performances, NYCB had recently completed production on a short film meant to be used to promote our season — a single continuous shot of Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring performing an excerpt from Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth.
As we worked with the footage in the days following the shoot, and as the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold in NYC, it struck a chord with many of us, including NYCB Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan — the originator of Sara's role who was on set during the filming. Reflecting on the footage she said, "Words cannot fully capture the beauty or essence of this moving pas de deux, but for me it speaks to our times. It honors where we have come from and the challenges we face moving forward into the unknown. The choreography inspires reflection from both its performers and audience and I hope, for you, conveys a peaceful sense of hope for the future."
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Excerpt from This Bitter Earth by Christopher Wheeldon
“On the Nature of Daylight” performed by Max Richter, Louisa Fuller, Natalia Bonner, Nick Barr, Ian Burdge, Chris Worsey
As mashed up with “This Bitter Earth” performed by Dinah Washington
Written by Max Richter and Clyde Otis
Published by Third Side Music and Mute Song USA
Used by arrangement with Universal Music Group
Rebekka Björnsdóttir for New York City Ballet
Laura Snow for New York City Ballet
Director of Photography
1st Assistant Camera
2nd Assistant Camera
Best Boy Electric
Best Boy Grip
Hair & Make Up
Courtney Garboski for New York City Ballet
Mike Howell, Colorist, Color Collective
Claudia Guevara, Executive Producer, Color Collective
Filmed on Location at New York Live Arts
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