Image from Gallery 100, photographs of Antique Epigraphs by Paul Kolnik
While I was in Saratoga for NYCB’s Gala at SPAC, I stopped by Gallery 100 to see Jerome Robbins Continuum, a display of photographs by Paul Kolnik that show New York City Ballet in Robbins’ ballets. Kolnik has been photographing the company for over thirty years, so it was interesting to see side by side photographs of the same ballet danced by different dancers over time. The top photograph in the above image shows Antique Epigraphs in 1984, while the bottom photograph is from 2008. One of my favorites from the exhibit showed two photographs from The Cage, with the dancers in the same striking, signature pose from that ballet: Wendy Whelan and Sébastien Marcovici in 2006, and Patricia McBride and Bart Cook in 1980. It made me reflect on how a photograph can transcend time, and the beauty of capturing dance through the lens.
The owner of Gallery 100, Deborah Martin, has a blog about art and what’s going on at the gallery. Check it out to read more about the exhibit and see several photographs of the gallery.