Toledo Ballet Dancers to Perform New Work at TMA

Posted Dec 11th, 2014 by Teri Sharp  Category: Arts & Entertainment


When Toledo Ballet Director and Choreographer Michael Lang first experienced Anything Can Break by Thai conceptual artist Pinaree Sanpitak, he was so profoundly moved that he asked the Toledo Museum of Art if he could create an interactive dance piece for the work of art.

Visitors can see the resulting piece, titled All Are One, when it is performed by Toledo Ballet dancers at 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, beneath Sanpitak’s overhead installation in the rear of the Museum’s Canaday Gallery. Immediately following the dance there will be a question and answer session with Lang and The Toledo Ballet dancers. Seating is limited.

The free performances are part of the Museum’s annual Great Art Escape, which features a variety of cultural events and activities for visitors of all ages. The Great Art Escape was expanded this year to be part of downtown Winterfest, which runs Dec. 26-Jan. 4 and is organized by the Toledo Walleye and ProMedica.

Anything Can Break, which was recently seen at the Biennale of Sydney in Australia, is part of TMA’s special exhibition Insight: Contemporary Sensory Works. Origami cubes hang from a ceiling grid dotted with “cloud” shapes and lit with fiber optics. Motion sensors trigger a variety of sounds in response to the movement of people below.

“I love how movement of the viewer is the final element that allows Sanpitak’s work to reach its fullest potential,” said Lang. “The work is beautifully impressive as a visual alone; but, it is not until one becomes physically part of the artwork that it comes to life. Because of the way various people will enter it from different angles, with different timing, different dynamics…it is a lot like dance in that the artwork will never be the exact same twice. What I love about works like Sanpitak’s is that everyone experiences them differently.”

The work of art reminds Lang of New York City. “Everyone there is contributing his or her own ‘song,’ which becomes a part of the whole,” the choreographer said. “It may appear like mass chaos but there is an impressive beauty that gathers all of the various ‘songs’ and somehow seems to work. This idea of chaos working together to create a beautiful oneness is what my piece will portray through movement.”

The InSight exhibition, which explores how vision as well as other senses are involved in the process of looking,is sponsored in part by Christie’s and made possible by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and funding through the Ohio Arts Council sustainability grant program.

Admission to the Museum and the special exhibition is free. Parking is free for Museum members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit

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