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kurtfroman. Peter Martins, Heather Watts, and Ib Andersen rehearse “Calcium Light

Peter Martins, Heather Watts, and Ib Andersen rehearse “Calcium Light Night” before filming, from “Two Duets”, 1980 #petermartins #nycb #calciumlightnight #ives #nycb #ibandersen #heatherwatts #kurtfroman #ballet #balletarchive

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kurtfroman. Heather Watts in “Concerto For Two Solo Pianos”, 1984 broadcast “A Cho

Heather Watts in “Concerto For Two Solo Pianos”, 1984 broadcast “A Choreographer’s Notebook: Stravinsky Piano Ballets by Peter Martins” #stravinsky #unitard #heatherwatts #nycb #newyorkcityballet #kurtfroman #ballet #balletarchive

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This "Altered Jesus" is part of my afterlife series "You Drift Away Closer and Closer: Fieldnotes from the Modern Afterlife." ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ This is the Jesus of secular life, descended from the shining, bearded, white-robed and white-skinned mythical being I believed in as a kid. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ He's a beautiful ghost now, a post-human Jesus, possessing strange storybook powers and an ancient connection to the great mystery. In this incarnation, he welcomes all faiths to an afterlife where heaven and hell, death and life fold in on each other in a perfect swirling circle of eternity.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ****⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ My email list is reincarnating this fall. DM me or hit the link in my profile to join.⠀ ⁠⠀ ****⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #heatherwatts #heatherwattsart⁠ #vancouverart #vancouverartist #canadianart #canadianartist #contemporaryartist #emergingartist #artcollectorsofig #selftaughtartist #selftaughtart #cbcarts #surrealism #surrealart #contemporaryart #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #mixedmediaartist #smallart #delicateart #intricateart #detailedart #mementomori #afterlifeartwork #afterlife #deathart #jesusart #alteredjesus #christianityart

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kurtfroman. Heather Watts in Peter Martins’ “The Magic Flute”, 1982 Dance In Ameri

Heather Watts in Peter Martins’ “The Magic Flute”, 1982 Dance In America broadcast @heather_watts_watts #themagicflute #heatherwatts #petermartins #drigo #nycb #danceinamerica #bigjumps #fanogrophy #kurtfroman #ballet #balletarchive

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kurtfroman. Heather Watts and Bart Cook, “The Cage”, 1980, “Live From Studio 8H” #

Heather Watts and Bart Cook, “The Cage”, 1980, “Live From Studio 8H” #jeromerobbins #nycb #thecage #stravinsky #heatherwatts #bartcook @heather_watts_watts #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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heatherwattsart. ⠀
If you fall through a crack in our mytho-cultural surface and tumble

⠀ If you fall through a crack in our mytho-cultural surface and tumble down into the dusty underground caverns beneath, know this:⠀ ⠀ It may look like chaos... ⠀ ⠀ It may feel like meaninglessness... ⠀ ⠀ But this is the abyss where meaning is born, where stories breathe their first breaths, where art bubbles up from unfathomable depths, where the emergent complexity of the universe unfolds. ⠀ ⠀ This is where everything starts. ⠀ ⠀ * * *⠀ ⠀ To explore this subterranean world with me follow the link in my profile and join my email list. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ * * *⠀ ⠀ Artwork pictured is from my series on the afterlife “You drift away closer and closer: Fieldnotes on the Modern Afterlife.” ⠀ ⠀ Mixed-media on century-old sheet music cover, 2019, “Years of his existence seemed to be sponged from his mind like yesterday” ⠀

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New experiments in color and texture... After working with all my faceless denizens of the afterlife, the face is now becoming central in some way to my inspiration. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I can feel my work splitting in a few directions these days, one into these thick, bright, layered studies. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ See new work before it’s posted on social media: My email list is reincarnating soon and will be even prettier than my IG feed! Follow the link in my profile to join or DM me your email addy. 😄

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Heather Watts as Lise on Peter Martin's The Magic Flute with the NYCB. It was originally choreographed by Lev Ivanov to music by Riccardo Drigo in 1893. TV broadcast from 1983. #heatherwatts #petermartins #nycb #newyorkcityballet #levivanov #riccardodrigo #themagicflute

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"From less to less and vanish into light" is the title of this piece on a book page from the 1930s. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I love the magic of working with old materials, but it can make you scared to create! It's not like a sketchpad where if you mess it up there's a fresh page exactly like it waiting underneath. With decades--often more than a century--of "patina" each page is already a work of art in itself before I even begin to transform it. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ But I'm on a quest to be less precious with my work, to trade perfectionism for flow and shift from fetishizing results to honouring process--not just in art, but in everything I do.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ (Seems like a tall order from where I stand so if you've got any tips I'm all ears!)⠀ ⁠⠀ * * *⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ PS: Thanks for following me. My email list is reincarnating soon with more pretty pictures and #deepthoughts. DM me your email addy to (re)join. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ * * *⁠⠀

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kurtfroman. “Symphony In Three Movements”, 1978, Heather Watts and Bart Cook, phot

“Symphony In Three Movements”, 1978, Heather Watts and Bart Cook, photo by John Johnsen @heather_watts_watts #symphonyinthreemovements #balanchine #leotardballet #heatherwatts #bartcook #balletpartnership #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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kurtfroman. Heather Watts making her entrance in “Square Dance”, 1981, I believe t

Heather Watts making her entrance in “Square Dance”, 1981, I believe this is a Martha Swope photograph @heather_watts_watts #heatherwatts #squaredance #vivaldi #corelli #balanchine #nycb #newyorkcityballet #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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"There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Awe can be in short supply these days. But uncoil the strands of DNA in a single one of your cells and they're two meters long (that's like six feet, America!) Now do that trillions of times--once for almost every cell in your body. See how amazing you are? ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I can feel my work around the afterlife beginning to come full circle. The contemplation of what is lost in death opens up questions about what was there to begin with. Who are we? What are we? Why are we here? How do we know?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Grief is hard. It shakes our foundations. When we come out the other side there is space for deepened appreciation of life's mystery. To hold that space we have to open not just our minds but our hearts.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ * * *⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ PS: Thanks for following me. My email list is reincarnating soon with more pretty pictures and #deepthoughts. DM me your email addy to (re)join. ⁠⠀ . #heatherwatts #heatherwattsart⁠⠀ #vancouverart #vancouverartist #canadianart #canadianartist #mementomori #afterlifeart⁠⠀ #contemporaryartist #emergingartist #artcollectorsofig #selftaughtartist #selftaughtart #cbcarts #surrealism #surrealart #contemporaryart #youdriftawaycloserandcloser⁠⠀ #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #mixedmediaartist ⁠⠀ #smallart #delicateart #intricateart #detailedart⁠⠀ #scienceart #artandscience #tinyart #smallart

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teenbarf. Heather Chandler could never. #heatherwatts 👑

Heather Chandler could never. #heatherwatts 👑

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kurtfroman. Albert Evans takes center stage in Peter Martins’ “Jazz: Six Syncopate

Albert Evans takes center stage in Peter Martins’ “Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements”, 1992. Heather Watts, Jock Soto, Melinda Roy, Nilas Martins, Nikolai Hübbe, and Wendy Whelan are on the periphery @heather_watts_watts @jocksoto @wendyw @nikolajhubbe @lindylandia @nilasmartins #nycb #newyorkcityballet #missingalbert #albertevans #heatherwatts #jocksoto #nilasmartins #petermartins #melindaroy #kurtfroman #balletarchive #ballet #wyntonmarsalis #wyntonmarsalisjazzatlincolncenterorchestra

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Heather Watts, American dancer; Elyse Borne, American dancer; Bonita Borne, American dancer; Mikhail Baryshnikov, Latvian dancer, actor, choreographer and company director, as Terpsichore, Polyhymnia, Calliope and Apollo in “Apollo” #mikhailbaryshnikov #apollo #georgebalanchine #nycb #heatherwatts #elyseborne #bonitaborne #apolloandthemuses #iconicimage #julyfoursthread

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nana_lystiani. #Repost @nycballet
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FROM THE ARCHIVES // This spring, Balanch

#Repost @nycballet • • • • • FROM THE ARCHIVES // This spring, Balanchine’s sweeping love letter to the Scottish Highlands, Scotch Symphony, returned for the first time in almost a decade. In Martha Swope's photo, shot in 1984, former dancers Heather Watts and Ib Andersen share a special moment during the pas de deux, which is one of the most romantic sections of the ballet.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ See Scotch Symphony on the All Balanchine program just two more times this season on MAY 24, 25 eve. Click the #linkinbio for tickets and more information.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #heatherwatts #ibandersen #scotchsymphony #georgebalanchine #balanchine #pasdedeux #ballet #dance #nycb #nycballet #newyorkcityballet

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FROM THE ARCHIVES // This spring, Balanchine’s sweeping love letter to the Scottish Highlands, Scotch Symphony, returned for the first time in almost a decade. In Martha Swope's photo, shot in 1984, former dancers Heather Watts and Ib Andersen share a special moment during the pas de deux, which is one of the most romantic sections of the ballet.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ See Scotch Symphony on the All Balanchine program just two more times this season on MAY 24, 25 eve. Click the #linkinbio for tickets and more information.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #heatherwatts #ibandersen #scotchsymphony #georgebalanchine #balanchine #pasdedeux #ballet #dance #nycb #nycballet #newyorkcityballet

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Heather Watts said: ‘Arts education is a if part of building 21st century creative mind, and I think that we have let way too many kids lose their way by not drawing in their young minds with music, dance, painting and other various ways we can express those things we do not have words for’⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #unlimitedimagination #education #art #artseducation #creativity #imagination #quotes #heatherwatts

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kurtfroman. Heather Watts, “Calcium Light Night”, 1980 broadcast @heather_watts_wa

Heather Watts, “Calcium Light Night”, 1980 broadcast @heather_watts_watts #heatherwatts #ives #unitard #petermartins #nycb #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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kurtfroman. Heather Watts and Peter Martins, “Concerto Barocco”, photo by Martha S

Heather Watts and Peter Martins, “Concerto Barocco”, photo by Martha Swope @heather_watts_watts #heatherwatts #petermartins #concertobarocco #balletarchive #kurtfroman #balanchine #newyorkcityballet #marthaswope

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One of the things that blew me away during my long social media hiatus last year was, once I seriously picked up a camera, how quickly I caught the photography bug (excuse the frog pun.)⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ I'm still learning the equipment and have just started finding my voice but photography is becoming a whole new medium for me and I can't wait to see where it takes me!⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ As for this photo, I've always been fascinated by wildlife, but I don't have a lot of access to it in the city, so this little guy isn't typical of my work--though he is an early favourite. He’s from my husband’s family cottage last summer in Ontario.⠀ ⁣⠀ Luckily I'm also drawn to geometry and layers (both plentiful in an urban landscape) and of course my favorite things to photograph so far are anything and everything old! ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ I'll be sharing more on here this year mixed in with my other artwork so stay tuned.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀

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kurtfroman. Jock Soto, Heather Watts, and Peter Martins build choreography for Pet

Jock Soto, Heather Watts, and Peter Martins build choreography for Peter’s “Concerto for Two Solo Pianos”, 1982 #jocksoto @jocksoto #heatherwatts @heather_watts_watts #petermartins #nycb #newyorkcityballet #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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“I spoke fire, laughed smoke, and madness spilled forth from my inspiration.” ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Whoa! I found this gem of a quotation when I was looking for something to pair with this figure form my afterlife series. A line from Hungarian writer Arthur Holitscher, a man I know nothing about. Yet.⁣ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ While it's definitely not what I was looking for, it's a perfect description of how I feel when I manage to truly tap into the depths of my creative source--something I've struggled to do over the last number of years. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ As my health continues to improve, it gets easier. Sparks are starting to rekindle my muse. I can't wait to see what finally spills forth from my inspiration when it's fully back. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #mixedmediaartist ⁣⠀ #creativeprocess #artisticprocess #cbcarts ⁣⠀ #collage #collageart #collageartist #analoguecollage⁣⠀ #heatherwatts #heatherwattsart #vancouverart #vancouverartist #canadianart #canadianartist #smallart #delicateart #intricateart #detailedart #contemporaryartist #emergingartist #artcollectorsofig #selftaughtartist #selftaughtart #surrealism #surrealart #contemporaryart

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"Other fragments of himself made their appearance" is the title of this piece, a line form a 1947 Aldous Huxley novel Time Must Have a Stop (what a name!) ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ It's also the fragment of text that stretches down the right side of the piece. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Titles have become even more important to me since I began adding text to my works. What's fascinating is to look back at these pieces (this one's from 2018) and see this verbal aspect trying to burst through. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ In the past few months I've taken up writing fiction from the same creative source that spawns my art. The results aren't anything I'm ready to share yet, but I'm trying to evoke verbally what I hope my art evokes visually--a sense of mystery, fragmentation, beauty, ephemerality and ultimately peace with life's great everythingness. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Maybe I'll get brave and share some one of these days... ⁣⠀ ⁣

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beautifulbizarremagazine. Wow, love the surrealism in @heatherwattsart Rat King painting! ⁣
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Wow, love the surrealism in @heatherwattsart Rat King painting! ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #beautifulbizarre #newcontemporaryart #painting #ratking #heatherwatts #surrealism #contemporaryart #popsurrealism

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"In our world, in which religious images are losing their meaning, in which our customs are getting more and more secular, we are losing our sense of the eternal. I think it's a loss that has done a great deal of damage to modern art." --Antoni Tapies ⠀ Detail image from my ongoing series "You Drift Away Closer and Closer: Fieldnotes from the Modern Afterlife"

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