Critic and poet Claudia La Rocco recently chatted with the celebrated American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg in Chelsea. They talked about his dual lives in New York and Moscow, what it means to be an intellectually curious ballet dancer in 2013, and his long self-education in contemporary art, including a for-now shelved collaboration with the French choreographer Jérôme Bel.
Claudia La Rocco: When did you start seeing contemporary dance, and what got you interested?
David Hallberg: It started when I was at Paris Opera School in 2000. I saw the company perform whenever