Very poignant article about the New York City Ballet and what they were feeling on September 11th. Cancelling their show in Parma, Italy after hearing the news that evening, they performed on September 12th. 12 years later they perform “new beginnings”.
A breathtaking ballet performed on the rooftop of 4 World Trade Center, 12 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, sends a message of “new beginnings” to Gotham.
Released at sunrise on Sept. 12, a video by the New York City Ballet features principal dancers Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour, twirling in the twilight as the Freedom Tower glitters in the background.
“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,” the company explained on YouTube.
On the day planes struck the twin towers, killing nearly 3,000 people, the New York City Ballet was in the midst of a world tour that whisked dancers from Scotland to Greece, and finally, Italy.
That night in Parma, ballet chief Peter Martins took the stage at the Teatro Reggio to tell the audience dancers could not perform.
“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,” he said. “But we will be back tomorrow, and we will be honored to perform for all of you then.”
True to his word, the New York City Ballet took the stage on September 12, 2011. Twelve years later, the company hopes that message of perseverance still sticks.
“Our hope is that 9/12 can now be rebranded as a day of optimism and new beginnings,” said Matt Eastwood of DDB Worldwide, the ballet’s creative agency.