Created By: The Avenue Concept
This tour is virtual only.
movement & meditation by Ian Travis Barnard is a contemplation of bodies in motion, a study of how the new normal– life during the pandemic – surfaced the dancers’ emotions into physical form. Translating those emotions into a series of movements and poses on film, photographer Ian Travis Barnard’s work is reflective of 2020’s uncertainty, inviting viewers to find beauty in vulnerability and strength in perseverance.
Barnard notes, “I wanted them to be able to express the variety of emotions that they, and, in truth, all of us, had experienced. There are moments of sadness, fear and uncertainty, but also meditation, joy and self-discovery.”
movement & meditation is the result of a unique collaboration between Paolino Properties, The Avenue Concept, Festival Ballet Providence and photographer Ian Travis Barnard.
“I’ve always been compelled to capture bodies in motion,” Barnard explains. “Aside from being flexible and powerful, the body, when engaged in motion, can be incredibly expressive. When we were approached to develop imagery for the Downtown area, the thought of bringing together multiple elements of the arts was first and foremost on my mind. Festival Ballet Providence was a natural first choice.” His desire was to showcase the artistry of the dancers and their ability to use motion to convey emotion.
For the past five years, Paolino Properties has partnered with The Avenue Concept to support public art, including the organization’s annual mural residency at the nearby Providence National Bank facade. This exhibition was funded by generous support from Paolino Properties.
The Avenue Concept and Ian Travis Barnard would like to extend sincere gratitude to Festival Ballet Providence for their collaboration and Paolino Properties for their tireless support of public art.