New York City Ballet Art Series Presents DRIFT’s Shylight

Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta are the team behind DRIFT, a multidisciplinary group that creates experiential sculptures, installations, and performances, uniting audiences with moments that inspire a reconnection to our planet.

Their installation for New York City Ballet’s Art Series 2023 curates their Shylight into a site-specific, performative sculpture, uniting the movement of industrial motors with silk, multi-layered chalice-like structures that move with the grace of a dancer, into a natural choreography with the goal of finding live emotion and personality in an inanimate material. With custom choreography supervised by the artists themselves, Shylight’s unpredictable, natural-looking movements become an object that feels alive as it descends to blossom in all its glorious beauty, to subsequently close and retreat upward again.

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The installation will be on view at three special NYC Ballet Art Series performances on January 27, February 3, and February 9, where all tickets are priced at $38.

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