French Artist JR shows New York City Ballet “the Power of Paper and Glue”

It’s time to get super psyched about multidisciplinary collaborations, guys.

Last year, New York City Ballet held its first annual Art Series, an installation that commissions contemporary artists to work with the dancers in hopes of inspiring something spectacular. And when they brought in FAILE, the Brooklyn-based partnership of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, to kick off the series, the artists did not disappoint.

Just one result of the glorious collaboration between FAILE and NYCB

Just one result of the glorious collaboration between FAILE and NYCB

Well, it’s just about time for the second annual Art Series—this time around featuring the French artist known as JR. (He keeps his identity “unknown”…how avant-garde is that?!) JR treats the world as his gallery, posting his artwork throughout the streets of different countries so that everyone—even those without the money or initiative to go to a museum—can witness art.

JR photographs the NYCB dancers in the shape of an eye. (Photo by Spencer Elzay)

JR photographs the NYCB dancers in the shape of an eye. A little preview of the installation! (Photo by Spencer Elzay)

The installation will run in conjunction with the ballet for three performances—January 23, February 7 and February 13—at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. All tickets are $29 (and everyone walks away with a small token of the exhibit…pretty good deal!). The gallery will also open to the public for free viewing from February 2 to February 9. Click here for more info.

In the meantime, check out this video where JR explains his experience working with NYCB:

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