New York City Ballet has announced that Brooklyn-based Finnish artist Santtu Mustonen will create a large-scale installation for the company’s home theater, the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, for its six-week winter season, which launches on January 17.
For the fifth edition of Art Series—an annual collaboration between New York City Ballet and a contemporary artist—Mustonen’s commission includes a video installation featuring digitally altered paintings. “I see a lot of connections to dance in my work,” Mustonen said. “By using digital tools to animate paintings, I can make a work move almost like a dancer.” His paintings will also be displayed on the orchestra level of the theater throughout the season.
Mustonen studied ballet while growing up in Finland. He attended university in Helsinki and Amsterdam, where he studied design before he received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Institute that allowed him to move to New York in 2011. His first experience of the David H. Koch Theater was of a staging of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Mustonen has created work for the Academy Awards, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the MTV Video Music Awards, Flow Music Festival, and the New York Times. He is represented by New York–based creative agency Hugo & Marie.
Three special Art Series performances, a post-performance party, and a free takeaway for each audience member created by the artist will take place on January 28, February 3, and February 23.