A markedly more colorful sort of herd than the typical flood of commuters will be passing through Grand Central Terminal this spring. As part of the bustling station’s centennial celebration over the coming months, some 60 dancers dressed in Nick Cave’s trademark “Soundsuits” will wander around the Manhattan transit hub behaving like 30 grazing horses, intermittently breaking into choreographed dance routines — not unlike the one performed at the University of Northern Texas last March. Their movements will be accompanied by music from two live harpists.
The project, a co-production by Creative Time and the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts for Transit program, is dubbed “HEARD•NY” and will run March 25-31. When not being worn around the terminal, the Soundsuit sculptures will be on view in Vanderbilt Hall for free.
The week-long performance project marks the beginning of a busy spring for Cave: His solo show of 40 new works — including 20 new Soundsuit sculptures — “Nick Cave: Sojourn,” opens at the Denver Art Museum on June 9. It also coincides with a smaller exhibition of his Soundsuits at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, which opens on March 2.
Watch a troupe of Soundsuit-clad dancers perform at the LA Art Show in 2010:
— Benjamin Sutton
(Photograph by Travis Magee, Courtesy Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit.)