Ballet (Hardcover)

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Item: 9781781454602


Ballet (Hardcover)
By Leo Mason

Ballet is a breathtaking photographic collection, celebrating the precision, athleticism and artistry of classical and contemporary ballet. 

Live performances allow us to admire ballet’s visual splendor from afar, but rarely are we given the opportunity to study dynamic poses, leaps and lifts in intimate, close-up detail. An inspirational companion for dance aficionados, performing arts enthusiasts and keen photographers, Ballet captures awe-inspiring moments performed by the art form’s most remarkable talents. 

With over 40 years’ experience as a sports and dance photographer, Leo Mason recreates the beauty and seemingly effortless nature of the discipline – made even more remarkable by the grueling training required to achieve perfection – and often uses exposure creatively to capture movement and compose striking images. Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed caption, providing information on the performers, work, location, and date, along with technical specifications regarding camera equipment, exposure and aperture. 

Mason’s arresting images provide a unique glimpse into the world of ballet and its superstars, featuring a cast of former and current principal dancers including Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, Vadim Muntagirov, Daria Klimentova and Ivan Vasiliev.

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ammonite Press (October 10, 2023)
  • Dimensions: 8.5” W x 10” H

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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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