Faile for the New York City Ballet Art Series at Lincoln Center
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The latest venue for Brooklyn-based street art duo Faile’s work may be the most prestigious to date. The artist team of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller were invited to kick off a new initiative called the New York City Ballet Art Series. The series will feature annual collaborations with contemporary visual artists who will create original works inspired by NYCB that will be exhibited at the Company’s home at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
For the inaugural series, Faile has created an exhibition titled Les Ballets de Faile, which will feature a 40-foot tower installed on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater for the duration of NYCB’s 2013 winter season, January 15 through February 24. This massive new work is inspired by several months of research at New York City Ballet and its archives, along with Faile’s signature library of images. The exhibition will also feature a new series of Faile paintings displayed in the theater’s lobbies.
The series will also feature two special performances on Friday, February 1 at 8pm, and Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30. Working in partnership with the ad agency DDB, New York City Ballet has designed these two evenings to reach culturallyminded New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s who may not have previously attended New York City Ballet’s performances, with tickets priced at just $29 for any seat in the house. To further engage audiences, NYCB has commissioned Faile to create limited edition hand-painted works that will be given to audience members who attend these performances to commemorate the evening.
In addition to the New York City Ballet’s rich history of commissioning new work from some of the most influential choreographers and composers of the past 60 years, the Company also has a long tradition of working with visual artists such as Keith Haring, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente, Isamu Noguchi, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, and others, all of whom have created artworks and other visual elements for NYCB performances. With the New York City Ballet Art Series, the Company plans to engage with a new generation of visual artists and audiences.
The New York City Ballet Arts Series performance on February 1 will include George Balanchine’s Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir, Peter Martins’ The Waltz Project, and William Forsythe’s Herman Scherman (Pas de Deux); the program on May 29 will consist of Peter Martins’ A Fool for You, Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels, Justin Peck’s In Creases, and Richard Tanner’s Sonatas and Interludes. You can purchase tickets now by clicking here.