VIDEO: New York City Ballet atop 4 World Trade Center

Twelve years to the day since the company’s first post-9/11 performance, the New York City Ballet released a video of two of their dancers performing on the 57th floor of 4 World Trade Center.

The company was abroad when the terrorist attacks occurred, set to perform that night in Italy.

They described the night as follows:

By curtain time, the sold-out audience had arrived at the Teatro Reggio, and stood in silence and mourned with the Company and the rest of the world. Martins addressed the audience from the stage, saying, “We came here to dance, it is what we do, but our hearts are breaking and it is simply not possible for us to perform this evening. But we will be back tomorrow, and we will be honored to perform for all of you then.”

They ultimately performed to a sold-out audience on Sept. 12, 2001. Twelve years later, they say this video, a collaboration between artists from all over the world, including a director born and raised in New York City, is their tribute to the city’s resilience.

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