these beautiful, romantic photographs of the boston ballet on swan boats!
(liza voll photography)
they have a lovely nostalgic feel, bringing us back to simpler times, and with good reason…. they are a recreation of this historic photo from the 1970’s (which actually has a sense of dating back even further). my only wish is that the driver on the boat of the current photo had donned a gondolier hat. 😉
boston ballet opens their swan lake october 30th
these striking images of san francisco ballet’s tiit helimets fighting his way through the forest to rescue his princess ♥ (okay, so how do you pronounce tiit anyway? because you know every time i see his name it reads “tit helmets”, which is something of an uncomfortable visual. sorry, i am a twelve year old boy, apparently. ugh.) well, however you pronounce his name he is looking mighty fine in these wonderful fairytale photos. beautiful forest too – i would love to do some exploring there!
(photos by roxana tocareva)
one can’t help but enjoy the ALS ice bucket challenges – here are my favorites from the ballet world so far …
evan mckie ~ so elegant!
ashley bouder ~ daring, of course!
and julio bocca ~ just because i’m in love with him. (and because he calls out alessandra ferri, the most gorgeous creature ever. ugh seriously- sometimes i think maybe i’m not doing so bad for 50 but then i see her & i’m like, okay …… never mind.)
while the photos i posted above may suggest otherwise, to be honest i am starting to get over the whole ballerinas photographed outside thing. not that i have anything against ballerinas at the park or at the beach or in a pond or in dark alleys – they are lovely!- but there is a part of me that wants to put these dancers back in the studio where they belong (and won’t get their shoes muddy). but in all seriousness i adore rehearsal pictures – i love seeing the dancers with no make-up, messy hair, ripped leg warmers and sloppy sweatpants. i delight in the look of old studios, natural light seeping through the windows, reflections in the mirror. nothing posed, nothing pretentious, the simple, honest, beauty of hard work. 🙂
here are some wonderful images by photographer carlos villamayor of maria kochetkova, joaquin de luz and herman cornejo rehearsing for the gala de ballet de buenos aires. ( i believe the actual gala performance is going on as i type).
and finally, steven mcrae’s and frederico bonelli’s feet wrapped in plastic bags before performing in the rain.