NYCB's New Art Series Installation Looks Wonderfully Weird

January 14, 2016

How great is the New York City Ballet Art Series? Each winter, the company asks an artist (or artistic team) to create a dance-inspired installation for the Koch Theater’s grand promenade. Then it celebrates the often-amazing results with special Art Series performances featuring discounted tickets. Sound familiar? That’s because you were probably obsessed with JR’s 2014 contribution to the series, which carpeted the promenade floor with life-sized photographs of the company’s dancers:

Seriously, it was fantastic. (via NYT)

This year, NYCB has asked Marcel Dzama to create an installation. That’s especially cool because Dzama is already wrapped up in the ballet world: He’s also doing the sets and costumes for Justin Peck‘s upcoming premiere for NYCB, The Most Incredible Thing. (More on that in our February issue!) And the little glimpses we’ve gotten of those sets and costumes are totally awesome:

A photo posted by @marceldzama

Nov 15, 2015 at 8:51am PST

A photo posted by Justin Peck (@justin_peck)

Dec 17, 2015 at 7:08am PST

A photo posted by Justin Peck (@justin_peck)

Jan 13, 2016 at 6:28pm PST

For the promenade, Dzama—who’s based in Brooklyn and has work in the collections of major museums around the world—is creating a multidisciplinary installation with a chess theme. (Dzama has long been obsessed with artist Marcel DuChamp, who love, love, LOVED him some chess.) Somehow, it’s going to involve oversized projections, a surreal collection of masks, a chess-like dance-off and Amy Sedaris. Based on the preview video the company just released, it looks like it’s going to be wonderfully, fascinatingly weird, in a down-the-rabbit-hole kind of way.

Take a look!

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