On Sunday, Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes profiled Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, one of the most celebrated ballet choreographers today.
He won acclaim making pieces that pushed the boundaries of classical dance, like this, “After The Rain,” performed here to commemorate the attacks of September 11th.
Christopher Wheeldon: I was thinking shape, structure, sculpture, and then what came out of it was something very emotional. People see different things. Some people see loss, some people see love, some people see death.
Lesley Stahl: You have said that’s your favorite. Tell us why.
Christopher Wheeldon: People love it. You know, I’m not gonna lie: It’s a good feeling when people love your work and they tell you, and they’re moved by it.
New York City Ballet presents NEW BEGINNINGS on September 12, 2013. Filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan, this short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s “After the Rain.” 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.