There is a beauty in the world called ballet. It is the art on the tip of the toe, the jewel of the cultural sphere. We always use the most beautiful words in the world to describe ballet dancers. For example, elegance and gracefulness ......
Maybe you've never seen a ballet performance live. But we have all experienced the charm of ballet in different movies. In "The Black Swan, Natalie Portman dances like her life is on fire. With the forgetfulness of not being crazy, stunning.
In Iwai Shunji's film "Flowers and Alice", Ballet is also beautiful and fresh that wrapped in the mind and love affairs of a young girl.
And the ballet dancers in the lens of Russian photographer Mark Olich There is a dreamy beauty, but also have to tell the endless hard work. Ballet for them is not only a beauty. It is also a love, an honor.
Mark Olich, a Russian photographer, has many years of painting experience. He has held exhibitions of oil paintings and drawings in Russia and Japan.
From 2002 onwards He fell in love with photography and has been in love with it ever since.His photos remind people of the phrase: he chooses to live on his talent instead of his good-looking face.
He lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. And Russian ballet has always been known worldwide. St. Petersburg, the cradle of Russian ballet On top of other ballet styles St. Petersburg has an exclusive and unique charm.
In the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg The ballet dancers' blend of softness and strength Mark Olich is inspired to create.
Talking about the Mariinsky Theatre may seem strange to some people. The theater, which has been around for more than 200 years and seats 1,600, is one of the best places in the world to see top-notch ballet and is one of the most successfully run grand theaters in the world today.
The Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre is one of the world's top ballet companies. Back in Soviet times, they innovated on traditional ballet and soon became one of the most renowned companies. It is the ultimate temple of every ballet dancer's dream. The company has gathered numerous ballet masters.
But what is most remarkable is that the company is so militarized that they are more consistent in their overall style than most ballet companies in the world, and not only can everyone do everyone else's dance moves, but their upper body moves are coordinated and unmistakable.
Mark Olich uses these ballet dancers as his subjects. Mark Olich uses the camera to record their moments on stage and behind the scenes. He has spared no effort to show us the beauty of ballet.
A painter by trade, Mark Olich In his video works, the We see traces of painting. The soft and delicate texture of oil paintings The bold and volatile strokes of his sketches are also present. It is obviously a documentary photography, but after processing, it creates It is obviously documentary photography, but after processing, it creates a dream-like atmosphere and feeling. His work soon gained worldwide attention and The impact of his work was enormous. They were collected by individuals and institutions.
His use of light and composition is exquisite. Making full use of the theatrical light to bring a sense of drama and beauty to the characters. like a holy light, sprinkling on the dancers The dancers' grace is perfectly rendered.
The composition seems to be careless, but it is very elaborate. He often uses an overhead angle to allow the ballet dancers to divide the image, and It is full of formal beauty, like a rhyming poem.
Each of his works is full of nature and spirituality. As if an inadvertent capture and encounter can bring one to that magnificent theater. Seeing these ballet dancers on their tiptoes and flying skirts. It is as if we can feel their breath.
This is what sets Mark Olich's ballet photography apart. He not only captures the beauty and glamour of ballet dancers on stage He not only captures the beauty and glamour of the ballet dancers on stage, but also gives us a glimpse into their untold reality behind the scenes. He uncovers the mysteries that have always been kept under wraps.
Ballet is characterized by: open, taut, straight, standing, light, accurate, stable, beautiful, dancers in the performance, rehearsal time shall not have a half-loose, but when the camera pointed behind the curtain, we see the rest of the stage dancers finally loosen the taut dance clothes, flatten the upright tiptoe feet, enjoy a moment of relaxation and laziness.
They are no longer the stars of the stage, but like ordinary people chatting, playing with electronic devices, but always tense toes and seem to accidentally reveal their secrets.
Where there is no need to work hard to maintain the beauty? The glamour on the stage comes from the hard work offstage, and even becomes a daily habit and muscle memory. And what supports them is the persistence of this love, as well as the strict requirements of the self.
What is the beauty of ballet? Mark Olich gives us the answer with his camera. Just like the line from "The Dream of the Red Chamber":To say the ultimate in silence, it is like a pine standing in a quiet valley with an empty mood; to say the ultimate in beauty, it is like an evening sun reflected in a river pond, showing a gorgeous orange color.
They look like fairies who have entered the mortal world by mistake. Just standing quietly, they They make people forget about time and space.
They can also be like galloping wild horses, free and unrestrained, stirring to the point of making people's blood boil.
Mark Olich's photographs show us that the beauty of ballet is never singular, it is elegant and serene, but also full of power and enthusiasm, ballet dancers are never weak, they have beautiful muscle lines, and amazing explosive power to complete a spin and jump.
Ballet dancers use their profession to bring us the ultimate artistic enjoyment on stage, while off-stage dancers are just mortals. It is because of their "unattractive moments" to achieve the moment of glory on stage.
All the "look beautiful" behind are "gritted teeth persistence", their beauty is not born, but day after day hard work and effort. Someone once photographed the feet of ballerinas, one foot wearing ballet shoes, straight and upright, and the usual beauty, while the other foot off the shoes, all kinds of injuries, bruises, and wrapped gauze, looks and beauty has nothing to do with it. And this is the most real situation.
But for dancers: every day that you don't dance is a disappointment to life. Dance brings not only physical changes, but also inner strength. To keep the loneliness, withstand the trials and tribulations, in order to transform into the most beautiful "swan" on the stage.
The beauty of ballet is not only because of its elegance, splendor and nobility, but after all the pain and hardship behind it, it still blossoms again and again on the stage.
All the effortlessness is because of the hard work behind the full force, when the love of their full commitment, crying hard, this moment, is the most beautiful moment for everyone.
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