Adventures of a travelling historian – NYC

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.

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!


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:

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

The view from the restaurant at the Museum of Arts and Design.
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:

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.

Mark Morris Dance Group

Next stop Washington D.C.