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JR the Artist………photographed 75 NYC BALLET Dancers

JR……the French artist……..famous for his grand scale public  photo projects,  spent 3 days in a white studio and photographed 75 dancers from the New York City Ballet……….all dressed in white.

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Strolling around the Promenade of the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center you can walk on the photos of the dancers………or you can walk around the balconies and look down at other people walking on the dancers.  JR calls this a dance that the audience creates for themselves.

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So I have created my own dance……….and here it is in a SLIDESHOW.  Have fun!

 

FREDERIC FRANKLIN Ballet Dancer/ Dead at 98

Frederic was born in Britain in 1914………his interest in dance began at age 4.  At age 17 he set off for London He became a charismatic dancer and ballet-master.  Known as “Freddie‘  his magnetic personality made him popular the world over when he danced.

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In Freddie’s  biography, Leslie Norton…..called him a handsome lad with sapphire blue eyes, golden hair and skin of milk and roses.

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A cowboy in Rodeo.  Agnes de Mille called him a “Mustang”.

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He never stopped dancing.  In his later years  he performed mime roles in Romeo and Juliette……”les Sylphides”….”Swan Lake and “Petrouchka.  The photo on the right shows him dancing at age 87 with Martine van Hamel in 2001 .

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He danced with the Russian Ballerina Alexandra Danilova.  Their effervescence shined in two comedies by Leonide Massine, “Le Beau Danube” and Gaite Parisienne”.

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In 1935 he joined the Markova-Dolin Ballet.  Massine saw him dance and hired him for his new company……….the Ballet Russe.

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He performed with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1939.

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He performed with JOSEPHINE BAKER at the Casino de Paris in a musical revue.

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Major choreographers………Massine and George Balanchine……..created leading roles  for him in ballets……….”Seventh Symphony”………..”Rouge et Noir”…….”Danses Concertantes”.