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MAG as Muse

Recently, Rochester City Ballet was once again called upon to share their beauty at the Memorial Art Gallery. They have joined us in the past for our Centennial Birthday Party and also during the first Fringe Festival in Rochester. It is always awe-inspiring to see the magic that dance, music and art creates when viewed as a whole.

Photo by Brandon Vick

Photo by Brandon Vick

This particular project at MAG completed a series of Rochester location shots, produced for a unique, exciting collaboration, showcasing Rochester City Ballet dancers in original oil paintings by Brian O’Neill. Many of these pieces will highlight Rochester’s rich and historical architectural landmarks with RCB dancers posed in settings such as the Memorial Art Gallery, The George Eastman House and the marble atrium of Rochester’s City Hall while others will highlight Rochester’s stunning natural beauty with scenes of Lake Ontario, Highland Park, High Falls and Corbett’s Glenn.

The series of paintings will be showcased at The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester for a one-month exhibition with an opening reception on 4-4-14. The Brian O’Neill Studio will be donating 10% of the total show proceeds and 100% from the sale from one special piece to benefit Rochester City Ballet.

To add another layer of excitement the entire process of making this collection is being filmed by Rochester based film maker Brian Pienkoski. Click on this link to watch the trailer for the MUSE film, a work in progress.

Here are some shots from the morning of art/film/photography/grace. Enjoy:

slow motion dance

keeping a watchful eye from the wings

a behind the scenes shot - Rochester City Ballet

a behind the scenes shot

Degas-style groupings

the photographer called for Degas-style groupings

reviewing the shots

a review of images captured

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