Translating Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices" for the stage, Justin Peck collaborated with Shaw and Eva LeWitt to create Partita, a new ballet for the New York City Ballet. While developing the show, Peck discovered that Sol LeWitt, Eva's father, was an inspiration for the original score, which led him to her work, which he described as having "an interesting dimensionality and theatricality" to the project.
Partita, The 20-minute piece incorporates the voices of Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw in an a cappella composition, as eight dancers oscillate between solo and unison movements, drawing inspiration from Eva LeWitt's stunning set design.
The relationship between the NYCB and the visual arts is not new. When the New York State Theater opened in 1964, architect Philip Johnson and NYCB founder Lincoln Kirstein organized a permanent collection for what would become one of New York City's great public spaces, including works by Jasper Johns, Lee Bontecou and Eli Nadelman. More recently, other leading and emerging artists – such as Keith Haring, Julian Schnabel and Santiago Calatrava – have collaborated with the Company in a variety of ways on and off stage. With the aim of bringing the performing and visual arts disciplines together, they annually invite a contemporary artist to create a site-specific work of art.
On April 29, in addition to the show, it will be possible to experience Lewitt's works on and off stage in a unique event, at 8 pm, where tickets for the whole house will cost US $ 38.