This is where it all happens. Dancers spend hours, days and weeks perfecting their art. Rehearsing is a big part of a dancer’s life and here I will give you a little insight into their world.

In the wings – English National Ballet

In the wings

A few years ago, I captured photos of English National Ballet dancers behind the scenes. It was our Christmas season, and we were performing “Nutcraker” and “Le Corsaire“.

During couple of weeks I would would try to get a glimpse of the action in the wings. Puting make up on, doing class, warming up, pretty much every dancer’s routine. I did find that doing that type of photography was a bit of a challenge for me. Always trying to keep the balance between capturing the essence of their dedication and respecting their intimacy getting ready to jump on stage.

I hope I did them justice as they work extremely hard before, during and after any show you would ever see.

Romeo & Juliet – English National Ballet

Romeo & Juliet – English National Ballet

Here is my latest photos of English National Ballet performing Romeo & Juliet. It was created by Rudolf Nureyev for the company in 1977 based on Prokofiev’s famous score.

You can find more informations on their website as well as booking tickets for their UK tour.

Here is some rehearsal pictures as well.

I worked as well on this short trailer.

 

 

Modern Masters – In rehearsals

Modern Masters

Modern Masters is English National Ballet latest triple bill. It honours 3 of the most influencal choreographers of the 20th century.

Petite mort by Jiří Kylián, Spring and Fall by John Neumeier and last but not least In the middle somewhat elevated by William Forsythe.

Here is a film about Petite mort, I made from the rehearsals.

Swan Lake – English National Ballet

Swan Lake

 

Swan Lake is one of English National Ballet‘s most famous productions, choregraphed by Derek Deane. Alongside with The Nutcracker, it is simply one the most famous and loved ballets. Based on Tchaikovsky’s fabulous score, this ballet tells the story of Odette. A princess turned into a swan by a wicked sorcerer Rothbart, and that can only be saved by her prince’s love, Siegfried.

Here are a few rehearsal shots as well as performance photos.

 

Check out below my film based on the rehearsal weeks prior to the show.