The past week, artist Nick Cave (Not Nick Cave from the Bad Seeds. This one is African American.) along with Chicago-based choreographer William Gill and students from the Alvin Ailey Dance School presented HEARD•NY in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station. 30 ornate, life size horses were created to gallivant and frolic around the hall.
At the beginning of each performance, dancers would line up, two per horse.
One dancer would don the back half of the horse…
…then the other dancer would attach the head and they would join.
The horses promenaded around the hall, welcoming guests, delighting children and, in the case of a few wee ones, scaring the hell out of them.
A harpist played. Notes gently filled Vanderbilt Hall and the horses pranced and glided in a choreographed routine.
Then a drum kicked in. The front and back halves of the horses separated and a wild rumpus began.
The music stopped and the exhausted dancers shed their equine skin.