Henry Leutwyler’s “Ballet”
I wanted to be a prima ballerina when I was a young girl. I took ballet for three years, but eventually, I lost interest in it. Perhaps dancing was not my cup of tea. Perhaps I didn’t have the passion nor the stamina for it. It’d take much more than being in love with the idea of glittery tutus, show lights and the light, tickling sound of classical music. Beneath the glamour and the spectacle, it was a real art. A craft that needed perseverance and mastery. More of hard work than foot work.
Photographer Henry Leutwyler captures the essence of ballet in his newest set of photographs entitled, well…Ballet, which chronicles the daily grind of New York City’s best ballerinas. Expect to see more than glamorous costumes in this upcoming book and ongoing exhibit. It’s a revelation of how much physical work and heart is required of ballet, and it makes you wonder, if you spent a day in those pointe shoes, would you ever put them on again?
See Leutwyler’s complete set of photos over at NyMag.