So after three months of living at Jacob’s Pillow – in the middle of the woods of Massachusetts – I finally packed up my suitcase and hit the road (well train/ bus) once more. For the next months I am travelling across the US visiting museums, libraries and dance companies in what will be the ultimate ballet nerd road trip! On my travels I will also be researching and retracing the 1916-17 Ballets Russes tour of the USA led by Vaslav Nijinsky.
My first week was NYC – a city I really love to visit!
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center is a fantastic place. I had gone to see the exhibition Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 – 1972. The exhibition was curated by Ninotchka D. Bennahum, Wendy Perron and Bruce Robertson. Bennahum and Perron visited the Pillow in July and I was excited to see the exhibition. It is certainly interesting and closes this weekend so don’t miss it – Radical Bodies
While in the NYPL I came across a fantastic display of Hilary Knight’s designs for the stage – I had only know about his work as an illustrator for Eloise. Hilary Knight
Here are some of the highlights from the rest of my week:
I got to meet Ballet Hispanico over the summer and was really impressed at this vibrant and energetic company. While in NYC I got to visit their gorgeous headquarters and of course see the costumes! Ballet Hispanico
There were some really beautiful pieces in the exhibition. Fashion & Textile History Gallery, May 30 – November 18, 2017. Force of Nature
One day I also got to see the Baryshnikov Arts Center – what a great space for artists! BACNYC
On my final my final day in the city I was exploring Brooklyn when I saw the words DANCE and an arrow in the pavement – intrigued I kept walking.
The next sign read:
So I went – and while I was there I connected with the new archive team and got to hear and see more about their exciting three year archive project.
Next stop Washington D.C.