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Heard NY by Nick Cave debuts at Grand Central (slide show)

Creative Time and the MTA's Arts for Transit present Heard NY by Nick Cave, a colorful, kid-friendly performance piece evoking herds of horses and collective dreams.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Heard•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Terminal


Heard•NY by Nick Cave, the highly anticipated performance art piece we wrote about on Friday, was finally seen and heard by New York audiences today in Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall. When conceiving the spectacle, a choreographed dance of 30 colorful raffia horses (each inhabited by two costume-clad Alvin Ailey students) mounted to celebrate Grand Central Terminal's centennial, Cave says he wanted to take viewers "back to a dream state"—where you're free to "dream about your future and your aspirations." Excitement builds as you watch the dancers don their suits—half are Cave's protypical "sound suits" (so named for the swooshing noise they make when worn) and half are sound suits sporting embroidered horse heads—then pair up, front and back, to form the surreal and charming members of a herd of horses. Once the performance begins, kids will love observing the equines' different personalities; some are affectionate and spirited, while others are quirky and lost in their own world. The talented Ailey dancers imbue the mythical creatures with a startling physicality, which increases exponentially midway through the performance when each of the horses separates into two whirling entities. The ecstatic dance of the shimmying "back end" performers is like watching the animals' souls wander into a pasture to frolic, wild rumpus style, like they've never frolicked before. If, next time you ask, your child wants to grow up and be a horse, you'll know why.

Heard•NY performances take place at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, by the main 42nd Street entrance, daily at 11am and 2pm through Sunday, March 31; dual performances, each accompanied by a percussionist and a harpist, take place at both ends of the hall simultaneously.


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