The New York City Ballet is really upping the ante with their Art Series. Last year they collaborated with the NYC based Duo, FAILE – tickets for those performances sold out within days.
This year shouldn’t be any different now that they’ve released word of their partnership with the French Artist, JR. The sheer power of JR’s popularity and his broad influence on his social media following should make this project an instant hit.
The special installation for the art series will be seen during the ballet performances on January 23rd, and February 7th & 13th. The advance tickets are gone, but keep checking the NYC Ballet website for updates. Don’t forget to link up with JR’s Instagram to see photos from the project as they’re released.
There’s a lump in my throat as I watch this delicate yet dangerous balancing act. En Puntas is a video installation by artist Javier Pérez featuring Ballerina Amélie Ségarra performing en pointe atop a grand piano, wearing a customized set of pointe shoes fixed with a pair of sharp kitchen knives.
It is a performance so anguishing to watch that all I can wonder is ‘Are we really billing this as art?’
Segarra gasps during the video while trying to maintain her balance. As she steadies herself she leaves purposeful long scrapes across the piano with the blades.
The intensity of her performance can’t be overlooked, when she cries out in pain, you want this already short performance to end that much sooner. It is her strength and perseverance amongst such difficulty that compels you to continue on.
[Pérez] says that the performance reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.”