The NYC Ballet after last years huge success with their first installment of their Artist Series featuring Patrick & Patrick of Faile follow up this year with a second installment starring 2011 TED prize recipient JR.
JR who is best known for his large-scale photographic instillations that showcase images of everyday people in a realistic yet heroic light certainly does not disappoint.
JR has transformed the NYC Ballet into an all-encompassing celebration of the beauty that is the human form, featuring washed out black and white images of dancers dressed in all white scattered throughout the hallways of Lincoln Center, and an absolutely massive collage of ghostly photos of dancers (posing as if they were suspended under a sheet of ice which was particularly fitting being the weather outside was absolutely frigid).
Attendees took turns laying down on the huge installation mimicking the dancers body positions as friends snapped their photo, creating an experience of affinity and excitement.
Once inside the theater the audience was treated to five different ballet performances spanning a large cross section of classical and modern dance and music (one section featuring the music of my favorite composer Igor Stravinsky!).
Once the performance was concluded guests enjoyed some free drinks while a DJ played records in the main room, enjoying conversations standing above the collage of JR’s dancer imagery.
Finally, everyone on his or her way out was awarded a special take-away “diorama” as a keepsake.
The NYC Ballet will be having two more special performances featuring JR on February 7th & 13th with limited tickets still available (every seat in the house is only $29 for these unique performances… an absolute steal for a night out in NYC).
Tickets are available at: http://www.nycballet.com/artseries/
Author: Matthew A. Eller
All Photos & Text Copyright Matthew A. Eller 2014