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Lincoln Center Festival Day 2011:
David Michalek's
Portraits in Dramatic Time

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David Michalek
Portraits in Dramatic Time

Tuesday, July 5 through Sunday, July 31, nightly from 8:45 to 11:45

Concept and direction David Michalek

Façade of the David H. Koch Theater
FREE; no tickets required
World premiere

“They were like lovers, or children, caught in moments of complete inward concentration.”
The New York Times on Slow Dancing

“About 150 souls were there, some standing, some lying on the travertine-embossed floors of the Plaza, either commenting to their companions about the unfolding or peering up in awed silence...This latest item of public art integrates itself into the poetry of the summer, as well as the collective memories and mythology of New York City.”
—The New York Sun
on Slow Dancing

If you missed Slow Dancing, David Michalek’s hyper-slow-motion portraits of dancers projected above the Josie Robertson Plaza during Lincoln Center Festival 2007, ask anyone who saw it how mesmerizing it was—how it transformed scattered passersby into a rapt congregation—and don’t make that mistake this summer.

In this follow-up work, what at first appears to be a still snapshot of an actor on stage unfolds, gesture by barely perceptible gesture, into massively amplified theatrical nuance. David Michalek has photographed actors of all genres at 3,000 frames per second in ultra-high definition; these images have been slowed to a glacial pace—5–12 seconds play out over 8 minutes or more—and will be projected onto a mammoth, 85-by-45-foot screen hung before the façade of the David H. Koch Theater.

Also see Portraits in the Dramatic Time in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, most afternoons from 2:00–4:00, except for July 27 and 30.

Commissioned by Lincoln Center Festival 2011.

Sponsored by Isilon Systems LLC, a division of EMC.

Made possible in part by generous support from Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky with additional support from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Barry Friedberg and Charlotte Moss, and The Joelson Foundation.

Special Symposium

July 18 at 6:00
Bruno Walter Auditorium
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Amsterdam Avenue between West 62nd and West 65th Streets
Dr. Paul Ekman, noted psychologist and pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expression, joins Michalek—along with Juliana Francis Kelly, David Patrick Kelly, and Liev Schreiber, artists who took part in the project—to discuss Michalek’s large-scale video installation Portraits in Dramatic Time. Ekman, professor emeritus of psychology at the UCSF Medical School, is the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions and the phsyiology of emotion, and the inspiration for the television series Lie To Me.

Symposium presented in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.