Hypnotic photos of famous ballet dancers dancing right in the streets
Hypnotic photos of famous ballet dancers dancing right in the streets
Ballet dancers on the streets of New York. Photo: Omar Z. Robles

Omar Roble has not only a great experience in photography, but also a mime in the theater. For him to be able to convey emotions, feelings and thoughts non-verbally means to step on the highest level of communication. That is why his last series of photographs is dedicated to dancers performing pirouettes and plies in the midst of noisy metropolitan areas. Each dancer is like an island of concentration on his own inner world among many hurrying people who are concentrating on the hustle and bustle around.

In the rain with Silken Kelly. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Eogan Dillon and Nicole Agelian. Photo: Omar Z. Robles

Omar Z. Robles is confident that the elegance of the dancers can highlight the beauty of the city, which is often difficult to notice in the hectic days. Even if it is cars on the roads or an empty lane, there is something dissonant in such a neighborhood of everyday and elegant that makes you stop your eyes on Omar's photographs and remember them.

Laura Tosar. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Gasia. Photo: Omar Z. Robles

In his interview, Omar Roble says: "Like the performances of mimes, photography is a great way to convey your thought, your idea without words. It allows you not to capture a story and tell it much longer than the time of a theatrical performance." Among the various dancers, Omar chose ballet dancers. "Ballerinas perform amazingly complex movements with amazing ease. They literally push their bodies to the limit, but they do not lose their hypnotic elegance."

Jorge Villarini and Christine Maria. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Laura Valentine. Photo: Omar Z. Robles

Omar has worked with dancers from the American Ballet Theater, the Dance Theater in Harlem, the Puerto Rican Ballet Company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a few others. And every time, regardless of the city and country in which the photographer did his photo session, this hypnotic dissonance between the beauty of the human body, the gracefulness of its movements and the city landscape in the background was recreated. Often, photographs were taken during rain, or even a downpour, under unusual lighting (for example, using the light from the headlights of cars as an additional source of light), at different times of the day. It seems that Omar is trying to convey the variety of possible options for photographs of a dance, just as dance can convey a variety of feelings and emotions - from fear, anxiety to joy and love.

Photos by Omar Roble DaVon Doan. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Eriko Surimura. Photo: Omar Z. Robles

The current collection of photographs of the dancers was taken in New York, which is perhaps one of the noisiest and most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Romblay explains his choice by the fact that he wanted to "break the usual routine, dilute the monotony that often accompanies us through life, to capture a portrait of life and where it can take us if you do not follow strict rules. I wanted to capture the idea of ​​the weightlessness of the city, show that he is also alive."

Angeli-Kiana Mamon. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Alexandra Hallagher and Sinken Kelly. During a downpour. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Alexandra Jacob. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Sabrina Imamura. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Alberto Pretto. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Photos by Omar Roble Brittany Kawako. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Paige Fraser. Photo: Omar Z. Robles Ourialis Gomez. Photo: Omar Z. Robles

The previous large-scale project of Omar Roble was dedicated to dancers in Cuba, we wrote about him in our review "Cuban passion and Russian ballet school: street shots of dancers".

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