Close to Chuck at the Boston Ballet combined music by Philip Glass and a self-portrait by Chuck Close as the backdrop for the first ballet. The ballerinas were undoubtedly fantastic to watch. While Russell worried about the storyline and deeper themes of the three ballets I simply let myself go enjoying the dancing, graceful bodies in motion and set design.
My mom was recently at a show where she said she was so enthralled by the sets and the lighting that that was about all she watched. Similarly here, I found that a lot of my delight was in the set design and lighting in the second and third ballets. A few posts back I discussed sculptor Antony Gormley’s work. The way the set played with cubes, rectangular panels and the curtain to visually box in and highlight the dancer was great and it really reminded me of Gormley’s interactive work. The dancers even engaged and danced with the curtains at some points. This is quite a show and I would recommend checking it out- just don’t get too caught up in the ‘storyline.’
Artist Etienne Lavie gives us a view of Paris replacing all the giant street ads with works of art. Something similar happened in real life: Last summer, Art Everywhere took over 22,000 billboards and poster sites in the U.K.