NYCB Gets Arty

The New York City Ballet Art Series kicked off last year with an installation by Brooklyn-based artists FAILE. The giant tower they constructed for the Koch Theater's promenade was good kitschy fun, peppered with cartoonish images of ballet dancers (among many, many other things).

This year's Art Series collaborator, however, opted to make use of the NYCB dancers themselves. French artist JR photographed some of the company's finest on the floor, surrounded by cloudlike pillows of white paper. Based on the preview video below, it looks like his photos will be further transformed—enlarged, cropped, distressed—before making their way to the Koch Theater for the company's winter season.

There will be three special Art Series performances (January 23, February 7 and February 13) with every seat in the theater priced at $29. Audiences members at these shows will also receive special takeaway keepsakes.

Take a look at the behind-the-scenes video—then click here for tickets and more information about the Art Series.