Dustin Yellin’s ‘Psychogeographies’ for NYCB

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For the third year running the New York City Ballet has transformed Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater into an immersive contemporary art space to accompany their winter season, curating a cross-medium cultural experience with the NYCB Art Series. 2015’s visual installation comes from Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin, filling the grand hall with specially commissioned glass paintings from Yellin’s ongoing ‘Psychogeographies’ series. “I’m all about interdisciplinary thoughts, so to be able to bring sculpture into the arena of dance- the fact that those things are happening simultaneously- is very special to me,” said Yellin of the opportunity.

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Yellin’s ‘Psychogeographies’ appear as dancers frozen in place, perfectly preserved and on display as insects captured in amber. The 3,000 pound life-size glass sculptures employ Yellin’s 3-dimensional collage technique, layering glass slides painted and embellished with pages of poetry, encyclopedia entries, and clippings from art books and fashion magazines. Named ‘Psychogeographies,’ the works channel the subconscious and memories, serving as visualized maps of the psyche, hauntingly beautiful and increasingly complex upon closer look.

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Three unique evening performances will accompany Yellin’s work, with All Balanchine — Serenade, Agon, and Symphony in C on Thursday, February 12th; Peter Martins’ Hallelujah Junction, Christopher Wheeldon’s A Place for Us, and Jerome Robbins’ Interplay and Glass Pieces on February 19th; and Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a new work by NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Mercurial Manoeuvres on Friday February 27th. Tickets for the evenings are just $29, and include a limited edition takeaway created by Yellin to commemorate the series. The work will also be on display to the public through March 1st.

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