This winter the New York City Ballet (NYCB) is launching its first-ever New York City Ballet Art Series with “Les Ballets de Faile,” a large-scale installation created by the Brooklyn-based artist team Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller of FAILE. To commemorate the official debut of its new art initiative, the Ballet is hosting two special performances this February and May to showcase the FAILE exhibit. Each year, the New York City Ballet Art Series will feature original works inspired by the NYCB and created by contemporary visual artists who capture the unique flair of the NYCB, its spectacular dancers and world-renown repertoire of ballets. The original, contemporary artworks will be housed at the Company’s home at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in hopes of engaging a whole new generation of visual artists and audience members and offering a fresh viewpoint of ballet.
The NYCB commissioned artists FAILE for its inaugural exhibit largely in part to their notoriety as pioneers of the contemporary Urban Art movement and pop-culture aesthetic. Best known for their use of iconography, FAILE uses printmaking, paint and several different mediums, including resampled imagery, to blur the line between “high” and “low” culture and explore the subject of duality. For several months FAILE researched the New York City Ballet and its archives before completing “Les Ballets de Faile” which includes a 40-foot tower and a series of new FAILE paintings. The David H. Koch Theater will hold open hours for one week beginning Sunday, February 10 so that the general public can stop by and view the new FAILE exhibit. “Les Ballets de Faile” will remain installed on the Promenade of the theater from January 15 – February 24,2013.
As part of the series, the NYCB is putting on two special performances this season with the goal of attracting young, culturally-minded New Yorkers and Ballet newbies alike with low-priced tickets– every seat in the house is available for just $29 each. The performances will take place on Friday, February 1 and Wednesday, May 29 during the evening hours and are hosted in part by DDB ad agency. In addition, every guest will receive limited-edition, hand-painted pieces created exclusively by FAILE to commemorate the launch of the New York City Ballet Art Series. February’s performance includes George Balanchine’s “Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir,” Peter Martins’ “The Waltz Project,” Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia,” and William Forsythe’s “Herman Scherman (Pas de Deux).” The program on May 29 will feature Peter Martins’ “A Fool for You,” Ulysses Dove’s “Red Angels,” Justin Peck’s “In Creases,” and Richard Tanner’s “Sonatas and Interludes.”
Although this is the first official year of the art initiative, the NYCB has been a long-time supporter of the visual arts. In the past, NYCB worked with notable artists Andy Warhol, Isamu Noguchi, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente, Helen Frankenthaler and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others, to create visual elements for various NYCB performances. In 1964, the David H. Koch Theater opened and has since become a permanent (and impressive) art collection in the city featuring pieces such as Jasper John’s “Numbers,” Lee Bontecou’s “Untitled Relief” and Elie Nadelman’s “Two Circus Women.”
NYCB Art Series Performances
WHEN: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
David H. Koch Theater (located on the South Side of the Lincoln Center Plaza)
20 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
TICKETS: Purchase your tickets online here.
Les Ballets de Faile Public Viewing
WHEN: Sunday, February 10 and February 17, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, February 12-15, 2013 from Noon to 5 p.m.
David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
TICKETS: Admission is free and open to the public.