Dance is best seen live. Whether it's in an intimate black box or on a huge proscenium, you can't go wrong. But there's something extra-special about seeing a performance in a space you wouldn't normally associate with dance. It's what makes site-specific work or dance made for the camera so cool. Sometimes, though, you don't know what you're in for, and well, who doesn't love an awesome surprise?
(A still shot of Megan LeCrone in happyokay by Last Hour, directed by Elena Parasco)
A couple weekends ago, I went, on a whim, to see a performance event called "happyokay," held at Livestream Public—a repurposed warehouse in Brooklyn. The place is known for film showings, art happenings and literary discussions—not so much for presenting dance—so I wasn't really sure what to expect. And when I walked in, I wasn't getting many clues: Three projection screens hung from the ceiling and audience members were invited to stand around a panel of marley flooring.
(Megan LeCrone and Harrison Ball in a still from happyokay)
It turned out that the show was an epic collaboration between video collective Last Hour, an Amsterdam-based artists collective called House of Makers and...members of New York City Ballet! That's right guys, I was practically face-to-face with dancers Harrison Ball, Joseph Gordon and Megan LeCrone. Sure, I've seen them perform onstage at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, but it was really special to see their artistry and musculature so up-close and personal. Just goes to show that sometimes, you gotta take a leap into the unknown when you're going to see dance. You never know what surprises await.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer