The idea of artists and choreographers collaborating isn’t new. Pablo Picasso worked with Léonide Massine and Robert Rauschenberg inspired Trisha Brown; Jasper Johns advised Merce Cunningham; Isamu Noguchi joined forces with Martha Graham; David Hockney designed for Frederick Ashton; and Sarah Lucas teamed up with Michael Clark. But I can’t think of anything to match the ambitious scale of the proposed collaboration between the Royal Ballet and the National Gallery.
With Chris Ofili, Mark Wallinger and Conrad Shawcross each designing for a ballet, you can expect just about anything to end up on the Opera House stage on the night. But beware: when artistic disciplines collide, dance often takes a back seat.
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