Poems of Gesture: Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir

George Balanchine once described dancers as "poets of gesture." With that evocative line in mind for our 19-20 Season, we're excited to explore the ways in which the stage and the page unite with a series of commissioned poems. Learn more about the project and enjoy this piece on Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir from NYCB's 2018 Art Series Artist Shantell Martin.

Open and All
Breathing in Breathing out,
Breathing thin Breathing without,
Without time, Without mind.
Not minding me,
Not minding you,
Not minding at all.
Open to your mind,
Open to our minds,
Open to understanding infinite time,
Open to details open to all thoughts,
These could be the lives that we are all thought.
Tip Toe,
Tip Toe,
Open the door to find out more, 
Don’t be afraid to trip, 
To fall, 
To soar.

Shantell Martin is a visual artist. In 2018, she served as NYCB’s Art Series Artist, and previously spent two years as an MIT Media Lab Visiting Scholar. Additionally, she’s had solo exhibitions at the 92Y Gallery, the Albright Knox gallery, and MoCADA Museum. Learn more about her writing process in this exclusive Q&A.