OBEY THE BARRE: While choreographer Benjamin Millepied has been known to reel in his Rodarte friends Kate and Laura Mulleavy for various ballet projects, Justin Peck has called on the services of Obey founder Shepard Fairey for his new work for the Miami City Ballet, “Heatscape.” Millepied, whose wife is Natalie Portman, isn’t the only rising star with a Hollywood connection. Peck is the focus of the new documentary “Ballet 422,” which is due in theaters Feb. 6. Filmmaker Jody Lee Lipes tracked the up-and-comer collaborating with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow Peter Martins-groomed dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB’s 422nd new ballet.
While in Miami to stage “Chutes and Ladders” for the 2013-14 season, MCB’s artistic director Lourdes Lopez checked out Wynwood’s colorful street art and was so impressed with Fairey’s murals that he tracked him down to suggest they pair up. The artist obliged with an original backdrop for Heatspace. Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung dreamt up the costumes for the 17-person troupe, which will dance to Bohuslav Martinu’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” during the 35-minute piece.
On Jan. 18, Fairey fans can get a glimpse of the graphic designer’s street-art-inspired sets during a preview as part of the Guggenheim’s Works & Process program. Afterward, Fairey, Peck and Lopez will discuss this new leap with the New York City Ballet’s Ellen Bar. All four parties declined to comment about what is in store for the March world premiere.
Peck and Fairey are well-practiced regarding the ins and outs of collaborating. The former has united forces with Brooklyn musician Sufjan Stevens for two ballet pieces and Fairey recently designed the cover art for the re-release of The Doors’ “Ghost Song,” and he created the Interpol mural scores of Williamsburg shoppers pass by at Driggs Avenue and North Seventh Street en route to the local Buffalo Exchange. Fairey will be joining Hurley founder Bob Hurley Tuesday and Nike’s Tinker Hatfield as one of the marquee speakers at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif.