The dancing sculpture will be on view at three special performances in January and February.
DRIFT’s Shylight (development: 2006–2014), aluminium, polished stainless steel, silk, LEDs, robotics. On view at three special NYC Ballet Art Series performances in January and February 2023 (all photos by Ossip van Duivenbode)
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.