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Focusing primarily on dancers who have performed with the Paris Opera Ballet, this portfolio of forty-six duotone images taken between 1953 and 1994 pays homage to the art as revealed in dancers' bodies. Rudolf Nureyev stands intently playing a piano in a prop-filled studio; Suzanne Farrell, en pointe, gazes into a skylight, her tall silhouette seeming to float toward it; groups of dancers relax in a classroom, casually stretching while waiting to perform; Sylvie Guillem perches on a stool, gazing cooly at the camera over a folded knee; Carolyn Carlson peers intently into a mirror, brushing powder onto her hollow cheeks.
Maintaining that dancers posses a "corporal intelligence" that gives them a unique ability to fill empty space with the beauty of their movements, Jeanloup Sieff has captured both the fleeting gestures of individual dancers and the timeless world of their profession.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999
ISBN: 9781560988625
Branch Call Number: 792.8 S569d 1999
Characteristics: xi, 46 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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