After the Rain – a great pas de deux

The Australian Ballet is about to revive Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. The second part of the two part work was danced by Steven Heathcote as his farewell performance and the work was made by Wheeldon for the retirement of his friend Jock Soto, a principal of the New York City Ballet.

Here is a stunning outdoor performance by San Francisco Ballet principals Damian Smith, born in Newcastle, Australia, and Yuan Yuan Tang, from Shanghai. Opening night cast in Sydney is likely to be Lucinda Dunn and Robert Curran.


  1. Sarah
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I saw this pas de deux in Canberra today with my children (5 & 6 years). I told them this dance is about love. It’s the most moving ballet I have seen. Holding my son on my knee and my daughter by my side, the dancers exquisite, I was moved to tears.

  2. valerie
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your lovely comment, Sarah. The pas de deux always brings tears to my eyes!

  3. John
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    We saw it on the night of 25th, and yes it really is one of the most moving “things” that I’ve experienced.

  4. John
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    When work became just a little too busy, I used to watch After the Rain on You Tube for relaxation.

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