Henry Leutwyler Releases BALLET, PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET Book; Exhibition on View at Foley Gallery thru Jan 6
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by BWW News Desk
Ballet, Photographs of the New York City Ballet, is a book by Henry Leutwyler that is the culmination of four years of collaboration between the internationally-renowned portrait photographer and the New York City Ballet.
Divided into five sections, Ballet gives viewers a rare look at the inner workings of one of the world’s greatest dance organizations. For the behind-the-scenes images, Leutwyler spent more than 30 days during NYCB’s 2012 winter and spring seasons, photographing throughout the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, the home of the New York City Ballet.
Born in Switzerland in 1961, Leutwyler lived and worked in Paris for a decade before moving to New York City in 1995, where he established his reputation as a portrait photographer. Steidl also published Leutwyler’s first book, Neverland Lost: A Portrait of Michael Jackson, in 2010. The images from Neverland Lost have since been exhibited in solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, and Moscow.
While Ballet does document the dancers of the New York City Ballet during the 2012 New York season, it also provides a timeless glimpse of the artform itself.
“Working with film and the 35mm Leica that I have used for many years, I wanted to create a visual narrative through the images alone, and have included almost no text with the finished product,” says Leutwyler. “For those viewers who know the New York City Ballet and its repertory, they will recognize favorite dancers and ballets among the images. For those less familiar with the Company, I hope that Ballet draws them in to this rarely-seen world in much the same way that it was slowly revealed to me during the time I have spent with the Company.”
New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of more than 80 dancers and an unparalleled repertory of modern masterpieces. The Company was founded in 1948 by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein, and quickly became world-renowned for its athletic, contemporary style, and a repertory of original ballets that has forever changed the face of classical dance. Now under the direction of Peter Martins, NYCB continues its commitment to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.
Ballet will be available for purchase online at nycballet.com, and at the New York City Ballet gift shop at the David H. Koch Theater during performances of George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM, and throughout the 2013 winter and spring performance seasons. For more information on NYCB performances, visit nycballet.com, or call 212-496-0600.
Ballet the exhibition will be on view at the Foley Gallery, located at 97 Allen Street in New York City, from November 28, 2012 though January 6, 2013. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., or by appointment. For more information on the exhibition visit foleygallery.com.
Ballet by Henry Leutwyler