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Payne Bradley's new suite of dances entitled Up in the Air appear to be her way of having a conversation with legendary, long dead choreographers. She speaks the language of classical ballet with fluency and a modern accent. There is also an elegance, a very American chic.
Up In The Air was born out of an idea for a photoshoot of dancers amid hot air balloons in Napa Valley, and further inspired by the work of artist Seán Patrick McArdle, who is creating a painted backdrop for the piece.