This morning, New York City Ballet released “New Beginnings,” a video featuring Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour dancing on a roof in the shadow of One World Trade Center. The pair performed the pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, a ballet whose music alone is enough to stir emotion. Filmed at sunrise earlier this year, the video is not touted as a 9/11 tribute, but rather a forward-looking dedication “to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home,” the description says.

September 12 marks the company’s return to the stage following canceled performances the day of the attacks.

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