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.

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I even have the perfect bag for my adventure – a gift from the Australian Ballet School.

My first week was NYC – a city I really love to visit!

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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

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Here are some of the highlights from the rest of my week:

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The wardrobe at Ballet Hispanico! 

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

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The view from the restaurant at the Museum of Arts and Design.
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Force of Nature exhibition at FIT

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

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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:

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Mark Morris Dance Center Open House!

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.

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Mark Morris Dance Group

Next stop Washington D.C.

 

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