PERFORMANCE | JR’S “LES BOSQUETS” PREMIERES AT THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET

May 9, 2014  |  art, Culture

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Best known for his global Inside-Out public art program, French wunderkind JR brought his streetwise vision to the world of dance for the first time last week when his first-ever ballet, Les Bosquets debuted at the New York City Ballet. Coordinated following his recent art installations on and in the ballet's physical structure, JR was invited by the company to choreograph his own performance as part of their current 21st Century Choreographers series. Involving 42 dancers and classically trained street dancer Lil' Buck (who dances in jeans & Jordans instead of tights and toe shoes), the performance is inspired by the artist's own work and the French riots of 2005, all set to an original score by French musician Woodkid. The results are a kinetic mix of classical and street performance, that, although met by mixed reviews, is an invigorating injection of fresh energy into the genre.

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Lil Buck dances up some attention

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Pre-Game Huddle: Mathieu Kassovitz, JR, and Spike Lee

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Discussing the finer points of choreography with Madonna

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Portrait time back at JR's studio

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Lil Buck's got moves:

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