“You’re trying to strive for this perfection, but you still want people to get that illusion that your line never ends and that you never stop moving,” American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland tells Harper’s Bazaar of the challenge and difficulty she experienced recreating the masterworks of Edgar Degas’ paintings and sculptures at the Paris Opera Ballet for the magazine, shot by world-renowned NYC Dance Project photographers Ken Browar and Deborah Ory.
Now, Browar and Ory bring the world another celebration of the art and athleticism of dance in their book, THE ART OF MOVEMENT (Black Dog & Leventhal; October 25, 2016), a stunning collection containing hundreds of breathtaking photographs of more than 70 dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, and many more.
With an introduction by Gia Kourlas, Contributing Editor for the New York Times, and a foreword by Daniil Simkin, Principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, THE ART OF MOVEMENT is an exquisitely designed, beautifully produced book that captures the movement, flow, energy, and grace of many of the most elite dancers in the world. These are the artists, from all walks of life, who are defining dance today. Here they are frozen in time in the most exquisite poses, and yet there's a feeling of movement in every photograph that makes them appear to be dancing across the pages. Accompanying the photographs are intimate and inspiring words from the dancers, as well as from choreographers and artistic directors, on what dance means to them.
Ken Browar is a renowned fashion and beauty photographer whose work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and many other European fashion magazines. His passion for dance began when he lived in Paris and photographed dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. Deborah Ory has been a dancer since age seven. She began her photography career while injured as a dancer, photographing rehearsals. She has worked as a photo editor at House & Garden and Mirabella, and has shot editorial work for Self, Health, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple. Browar and Ory are the creative team behind NYC Dance Project. NYC Dance Project's work has been featured in magazines worldwide including Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Italia, L'Uomo Vogue, and Glamour.
“Ken Browar and Deborah Ory’s breathtaking dance photography captures both the stillness of a single instant and the vitality of movement. Their portfolio was the highlight of our March 2016 issue recreation of Edgar Degas’s masterworks, featuring Misty Copeland, and their oeuvre doesn’t end there. Bravo, Ken and Deborah, on a stunning and visceral body of work.”
Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar
“Ken Browar and Deborah Ory have captured dazzling strength, fierce focus, and abundant joy in these arresting images of extraordinary artists. All of us who love dance love moments that crackle with electricity and possibility. Thanks to Deborah and Ken, we have an abundance of riches.”
Kara Medoff Barnett
Executive Director, American Ballet Theatre
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