Urban Tutus: Architecture as a backdrop to ballet

by Valentina Ieva
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The Ballerina Project is an exploration of the elegant beauty of ballet dancers as seen through the lens of photographer Dane Shitagi. He prefers to photograph his subjects outside on the city streets, inspired by the rawness and atmosphere of the urban landscape.

Shitagi can capture not only the ballerina's ability, but her emotions, soul, and passion for the extraordinary art of ballet, in always different contexts.

In the 14 years since its beginning in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Ballerina Project has grown extraordinarily.

The majority of ballerinas who have posed for the project are currently or have danced for companies such as American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dresden Semperopera Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ballet West, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. 

 

To find out more follow the Ballerina Project on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

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    • Valentina Ieva

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)