Swans

i was lucky enough to work with the talented photographer Lar Rattray on designing her new website, and in the process of sorting through & curating all her photographs i fell in love with this story that she did about ballerinas at the Cape Town City Ballet. i asked Lar for a bit of background about the Swans. you can see the entire story here.

I know I’m not alone in saying that I’ve always been drawn to what happens ‘behind the velvet curtain’. It’s one of those inexplicable childlike fascinations… so I literally leapt at the chance to go backstage with a friend who was dancing for Cape Town City Ballet at the time. This was years ago, I was fresh out of art school and had to borrow a camera. The dance company was in the final throes of rehearsals before their opening of Swan Lake… and for days I hid in the wings amidst a sea of quiet chaos and sweat, enchanted by these weightless beings. Their pure disregard for inhibition was bewitching; but their raw stamina, nothing short of astonishing. I will never forget the seamless transition between the animal like exhaustion I witnessed backstage, to the seemingly effortless and untiring grace seen by the audience onstage.

Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray

17 Comments

  1. Wow. Absolutely stunning! I quit ballet when I was 17, so just around the age when I would’ve started to look for professional employment or internships with a company. I think it’s what I regret most in life. But these photos really refreshed me. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I ADORE ballerinas. Their effortless elegance inspires me so much in my work!
    Stunning photographs!

    Isabella

  3. These images reminded me of the reasons why I love photography! It is beautiful…swoon

  4. these images remind me of degas’s paintings. thanks for sharing.

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  6. This is so lovely! I am a dancer with Boston Ballet and we are currently performing Swan Lake as well! I just wrote about it on my blog Tutus&Tea if you want to pop over to take a peak.. I love these images! So honest and eloquent…

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