Jennifer Muller, Photo by Paula Lobo

Artists find inspiration in many things.  Among them… other art. On February 9, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) celebrates the marriage of visual art and dance by unveiling its first dance series, “Dance:  Under the Influence.”

MAD explores the point at which craftsmanship, art and design intersect in the visual arts today.  Now, “Under the Influence” adds a new artistic collaboration to the intersection, highlighting choreographers who are inspired by the visual arts.    The program is guest-curated by arts writer, editor and George Balanchine biographer, Valerie Gladstone.

“MAD is a very hands-on museum.  They are very interested in process,” explains Valerie.  “Part of their attraction to this project is presenting something in the museum that is alive.  Most things in a museum are inanimate.  MAD is interested in exploring beyond that, and bringing new audiences to the museum.”

And when the audiences do arrive, they can expect a diverse experience of dance. “Under the Influence” is showcasing new performances at every show, ranging from flamenco to tap, from classical ballet to contemporary styles—some are excerpts from the companies’ repertories, while others are original work.

The series premieres on February 9 at 7:00pm, with performances by Jennifer Muller, Heidi Latsky and Ballet Hispanico, and continues one Wednesday a month through May 18, 2011.  Tickets are $18 ($15 for MAD members).

Who knew a night under the influence could be so culturally enriching?  To learn more details, visit the program’s  website.

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York

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