Originally published from 1989-1996, Dance Ink developed a cult following among dancers, photographers, and designers. It was considered a maverick, a performing arts journal that documented its community through the lens of new dance works commissioned specifically for the magazine. A relaunched Dance Ink is now being published by Patsy Tarr of the 2wice Arts Foundation, and designed and edited by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller. Both are reprising their original roles. Originally produced as a quarterly, Dance Ink won recognition for writing, photography, and design. Tarr and Miller continue what they describe as “their long – running exploration of the intersection of dance, performance, photography, and design through magazines, books, and digital apps.”
According to Tarr, the revival inspired by her desire to create a platform for the new talent of today, as well as to create beautiful and lasting documents of this most ephemeral art form using the best in photography, design and high-quality printing. The relaunch issue includes New York City Ballet principals Amar Ramasar and Adrian Danchig-Waring performing the First Movement of Justin Peck’s ballet “Everywhere We Go,” and Silas Riener performing the historic 1957 “Changeling,” in a costume originally designed by Robert Rauschenberg. Silas also partners with Amar and Adrian, as well as performing en plein air in Tompkins Square Park on the lower east side of New York City. All photography was shot by Christian Witkin.
Produced through high-quality offset printing, the 60-page publication is housed in a clear sleeve to enhance tactility. At the same time, it embraces the possibilities of on demand digital production: imagery from the magazine is offered in multiple formats and scales such as archival-quality digitally printed posters of the performers, and custom-produced photographic murals of Silas Reiner performing each pose from “Changeling.”