In the Night

Ariana Lallone and Stanko Milov in In the Night.
Photo © Angela Sterling

Music: Frederic Chopin (Nocturne, Op. 27, no. 1, 1835; Nocturne, Op. 55, nos. 1 & 2, 1843; Nocturne, Op. 9, no. 2, 1830–31)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Christine Redpath
Costume Design: Anthony Dowell
Costume Design Supervision: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Lighting Re-creation: Scott Zielinski
Premiere: January 29, 1970; New York City Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: September 22, 2005

Set to three Chopin nocturnes, solo piano pieces to be played at night, In the Night explores three stages of the love relationship—tender young love, mature and balanced love, and fiery, passionate love—in three extended pas de deux. In addition to The Concert (1956), Robbins made three ballets set to solo piano music by Chopin: Dances at a Gathering (1969), In the Night (1970) and Other Dances (1976). Discussing In the Night, he stated, “I’m still fascinated by the music of Chopin. It keeps opening up avenues for me, so there is more to come.”

Notes by Doug Fullington.

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