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
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. 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:
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
We also want you to
get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.
Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.