On the morning of September 12, the New York City Ballet released a gorgeous video meant to be a post-9/11 tribute to the future of New York City. The video shows NYCB principal dancers Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour performing on the 57th-floor terrace of Four World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. The dramatic 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.
"It is 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," reads the video description.
Someone once said that art isn't borne out of excess or indulgence but of desperation. When faced with something incomprehensibly ugly we fight to make something beautiful. Something to give us joy and hope to counteract it.
Thank you, NYC Ballet, for quietly and beautifully honoring 9/11 and the city we love.