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This Bitter Earth


New York City Ballet

In the midst of preparing for their ill-fated spring 2020 performances, New York City Ballet created a short promo film. Featuring an excerpt from This Bitter Earth, a gorgeous piece by Christopher Wheeldon, originally performed in 2012, the promo showed a continuous shot of dancers Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring. As COVID-19’s effects began to be felt (resulting in the cancellation of all live NYC performances), the piece and the film felt especially relevant to the film’s creators.

“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.”

– Wendy Whelan, Associate Artistic Director NYCB

The performance is soft and moving, and the song by Dinah Washington is mind-blowing in its power.

New York City Ballet started a relief fund to help ensure the company’s future, and also to help out their people during this difficult time. You can read more about the fund here.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “This Bitter Earth

  1. Oh my God, that is some of the best and most beautiful dance that I have seen in a very long time. They had magic between them. Both the male and the female were very strong. They were also a beautiful pair. Love it!! Don’tknow who did choreography but they did a great job showing the strength of the dance also. Powerful. One more time Donna has given me a gift today. Hal

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  2. Me too …janhaltn….Beautiful

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  3. Exquisite.

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  4. Exactly what Hal said.

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  5. I had to watch with the volume down (youngest kid was on a Google Meet) but the visuals were spectacular without the accompanying music.

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  6. Took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. Lovely!

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  7. So very lovely, and yes, Dinah Washington is superb. The loveliness touched me, and I needed it. Thank you.

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