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David Michalek is an American visual artist and director whose work is closely tied to an interest in the contemporary person, which he explores through the use of live performance, filmmaking, photography, drawing, installation, relational aesthetics, and public projects. His work often concentrates on carefully-staged marginal moments that develop density with minimal action through interplays of image, sound, and decelerated time. Exploring notions of durational and rhythmic time, his works engage and generate intimate yet open-ended narratives.

SlowDancing/NYCB is a deep dive into the distinctive archive and style of a single ballet company that has become one of the most important artistic engines, and creative mainstays, of New York’s cultural fabric. The installation features hyper slow-moving images of 20 of NYCB’s current dancers performing iconic moments from the Company’s unparalleled repertory from Balanchine’s Apollo (1928) to Justin Peck’s Copland Dance Episodes (2023).

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Michalek’s work will be on view at three special New York City Ballet Art Series performances February 3 Eve, 8, and 23 where all tickets are priced at $40. The evenings each include a New York City Ballet repertory performance, the SlowDancing/NYCB installation on the theater’s Promenade, and an afterparty with live DJ and drinks for all in attendance. The installation will be on view at all performances through March 3.

Scumfrog featuring Zaach Page
DJ Shakey
FEB 23
Eli Soul Clap


SlowDancing/NYCB can also be seen during free, open hours for the general public to view.

MON–FRI 10 AM – 6 PM
SAT & SUN 10 AM – 12 PM