The combination of Faile and the New York City Ballet was a great idea. An awesome art installation with the athleticism of the NYCB. The night that I saw both together couldn’t really have been a better evening. It started early with a talk with principal dancer’s Sara Mearns and Jonathan Stafford. They had an informal discussion that was based largely on the Q & A of the small audience. The topics varied from how they were told they had become principal’s to their commitment to their craft. Having heard them speak really helped inform me when I saw the ballet that night.
I’ve known about Faile for some time but the scale and depth of what they had on display inside the David H. Koch Theater was special. I started walking around the piece from the fourth ring and slowly made it around through a 360 when I eventually made it to the ground floor. There was so much to see from multiple angles. I shot a lot of photographs hoping that I wouldn’t miss anything with my eyes.
Between the scale, historical nods and pure visual intensity there was a lot to take in. That description doesn’t go into what it was like with an audience that was mesmerized nor the music playing in the background. That on itself would have been a great event but that was only half of the evening.
I really enjoyed the entire ballet. Having heard two principals talk ahead of time helped a lot. Between hearing about how they got to where they were to what it means to be in the moment, it helped me appreciate the dancers on stage that performed. There was a variety of different ballets that were performed over the two hours. I really enjoyed it.
There was a lot of takeaways from the perfect evening. Some were more tangible than others. Each audience member was given a block from Faile. The installation was at such a large scale that having a small block encapsulated the memorable evening. For me as I’m sure for most people there that night, when they look back to their block they will smile and remember a great evening of performances.
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— Michael Surtees (@MichaelSurtees) February 2, 2013