Dawn Landes, Barefoot at Lincoln Center

John McElwee spends an afternoon with the singer-songwriter before her performance at the New York City Ballet, for a staging of “Two Hearts”: http://nyr.kr/1s7IK7f

“One violist, she told me as we wound through a grove of music stands and gleaming, dormant instruments, complained to the director about the scent of her hairspray.

‘I told him there was no way I was singing without hairspray,’ she said, placing a set of bejewelled high-heeled shoes on the conductor’s podium. ‘And I get scoffs for singing barefoot.’”

Photograph: Benjamin Lozovsky/LozoPhoto