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Ballet — Opéra Garnier by JR

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The Parisian street artist and photographer JR took over the Palais Garnier Opera house. This photo series began after JR’s encounter with the dancers on his film set Les Bosquets. The series illustrates variations of the eponymous ballet at the New York City Ballet, with unseen choreographic sequences captured on the roof of the Paris Opera House. Dressed in black and white polka-dot leotards, dancers have played the game and made this ambitious project a reality. 40 dancers formed rows, twirled about, and elegantly contorted their bodies at a height of 56 meters above the ground. Part-performance, part-photo series, the project illustrates dancers at work and play. JR’s work combines art and action, and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits.

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