After covering the surfaces of the David H. Koch Theater with pasted photographs of ballet dancers for the New York City Ballet Art Series, French photographer and street artist JR will return to Lincoln Center once again. This time, JR's work will actually grace the stage during the 21st Century Choreographers Week, which opens the ballet company's spring performances beginning April 29.
For this upcoming project, JR has been busy working on a collaborative piece with the company's dancers and Memphis street dancer Lil Buck. The piece, which will be performed from April 29 to May, draws from the French artist's experiences during the 2005 riots in suburban Paris, where his signature black and white photographs of local youths were also displayed at the time. The dancers will wear costumes by JR and perform to original music by Woodkid, the video director turned musician we interviewed last year.
From now until March 14, New York City Ballet is offering $29 seats in select spots for the May 1, 2, and 3 eve performances, available on a first come, first serve basis. In the meantime, check out our interview with JR from before he debuted his black and white installations for New York City Ballet in January:
Additionally, JR's The Eye of NYC Ballet floor mural is now available as a special edition poster print.