beauty is pain: the nyc ballet company

December 2, 2012 § 4 Comments

it’s a tradition of ours to see the nutcracker at the war memorial opera house in s.f. every christmas. although this year we won’t be attending because of other arrangements with family. it truly amazes me what dancers must go through in order to be successful in their field of study.. what can be so beautiful can be so painful at the same time.

portfolio: behind the curtain at the new york city ballet
“this is the secret,” says photographer henry leutwyler. “to completely blend in, to become invisible.” leutwyler spent last winter as the most observant ghost in new york city ballet’s rehearsal studios, capturing the uncommonly raw backstage images that now compose ballet, which is both a book {out in december from steidl} and an exhibit {on view at foley gallery november 28 through january 6}.

the shots here exemplify the peek-behind-the-curtain feel of leutwyler’s photos, from an open crate of tutus {“like pizzas in a restaurant”} to a ballerina’s feet after a day of matinée and evening performances {“when feet are demolished”}. “if i had to title the picture, i would call it reality and dreams,” says leutwyler. “the foot en pointe is what every little girl dreams of. the other is the hard, hard work, and the reality.”

photos + btm excerpt via: i love wildfox

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