From Street Art to Ballet: JR at Lincoln Center

NEW YORK—In recent years Lincoln Center has been embracing the full spectrum of the arts, venturing beyond its traditional music, dance and theater performances by welcoming New York Fashion Week. To celebrate the new ballet season, the vaunted institution has gone a step further with French street artist JR being selected for the second presentation of the New York City Ballet Art Series. The installation features JR’s signature large-scale images pasted on the lobby floors and walls of the David H. Koch Theater.

A collaboration between the artist and the NYCB, the project creates an ethereal vision, photographing dancers laying together, intertwined amid endless sheets of white paper that mimic clouds. The images were blown up and paper the structure, much like his Inside Out project has infused cities around the world with life and the humanity of its people.

A video available here captures the development of the Lincoln Center project and some of the public-facing images are featured in this post.

JR has taken a liking to ballet. He is going beyond visual art and will direct and choreograph his first theatrical production this spring. The New York City Ballet performance “New Woodkid/Jr” premieres April 29.

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Exterior of David H. Koch Theater.

Detail of exterior.

Mural on display in lobby of Koch Theater.

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