Alexander Barabanov

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Citizenship: Russia

The history of dance in photos

You collect photos for many years devoted to dance. How did the idea of ??creating a book?

-Originally I was working on a book on the history of dance photography, and I have it receives very high - as much as four volumes. I was planning to turn it around thousands of photos and accompanying texts by category: ballet, dance, master of photography. By itself, the topic was so voluminous, but still infinitely overgrown with new material coming from all over the world, the prospect of the end of the work was delayed for an indefinite period. And then the publisher has offered me to change the concept - instead of the multivolume edition to create a photographic album, the likes of which has not been published in the world. Reflecting on this idea, I have found, I think, a way to unite under one cover, tried and tested materials.

The album has ten chapters. What caused the choice of subjects and the classification of the photos?

-Ideya Book - to tell the story in pictures of dance composition of the ten movements. From ten chapters, each devoted to a particular subject: "Creation of the World", "The Creation of Man", "The Creation of Woman", "The Temptation", "Love", "Erotica", "Nudity," "Sliver". The last chapter is very abstract, as the history of modern dance is rather complicated, goes to such extremes as nondance, installation body, crossing at the beginning of the third millennium with a "living art" or "performance". The final part of the book is devoted to just the situation in contemporary dance. I wanted to show the peaceful coexistence of the traditional classic, contemporary and experimental rooms. In the book, for example, are some interpretations of "Swan Lake" - in performances of classical choreography by Mats Ek for Kulbertbaleta in Stockholm and Mafyu Burns in England.

In fact, choosing the theme "Creation of the World", you illustrated it photographs reflecting the history of dance in the last 150 years - because that is how much has the art of photography. Why "The Creation"?

-The Most ancient dance image, which opens my book, dates back more than 10 000 years BC. e. This petroglyph from the Grotta dell`Addaura in Sicily - a ritual dance in a bird mask. Ends album also dances with birds PETON Luke. The history of modern dance includes all stages of creation, over the years have been used all conceivable literary themes. The process of creating the dance begins with the concept, design, vision of the choreographer, the libretto. It shall take part choreographer, stage designer, dancers, composer and adaptable music, light design.

It is well known that the photographed motion daunting. It is not possible to frame alignment or selection, as in the staged photography ...

-I Devoted a separate chapter to jump pictures. To this end, the photographer requires not only knowledge of his craft, but also an understanding of the art of dance, knowledge of ballet. After all, the dancer is at the top of the jump. The moment when he stops the air - 1.4 seconds. Since the shooting scene comes from the dark room, it is 1/60 of a second - as photographed in 19501960h years, before the rise of digital photography.. Needless to press the button when shooting takes 1/10 of a second, that is, the photographer has to press the button and release the shutter before the dancer will stand on the top. In the world of little masters who thoroughly knows the technique of the jump and are able to capture it perfectly: this Nina Alavert, Lois Greenfield, Alan Bergman, Angela Taylor (the latter two themselves last dancers). Find a good jump picture - a rarity. We photographer who regularly shoots hard and dance for life accumulates about 250 000500 000 negatives. With so many negatives, viewed together with photographers Nina Alavert, for example, I found only five (!) Ideal jumping, Alan Bergman - only two (!), I decided to buy the collection.

You`re a collector with twenty years of experience. Why did you choose the subject of the gathering was the dance pictures?

-I Really like old photos. It all started with shots Diaghilev ballet seasons. And then, when I saw the photos of contemporary dance, they just fascinated me, energy proved to be very close. And the last few years I collect photos only contemporary dance. Criteria of selection I have a few. The first photograph should carry the energy charge, dynamics, tension, and then - the composition and historical value. Although the latter is only important in respect of old photographs. When buying vintage photos to choose is not necessary - all that have survived or you need to buy!

The album only includes photos from your collection?

No, I did not want to be limited only by your photos, so I borrowed a few shots with my druzeykollektsionerov. For example, Michel Kamidiana in Paris, I took a unique picture "Anna Pavlova, posing for the sculptor Boris FrodmanuKluzelyu in 1911 in his studio in St. Petersburg." Photo not published anywhere, about its existence, no one knew. Michelle - the largest collector FrodmanaKluzelya, in his collection of sculptures of dancers and dancers of Russian seasons, made by this master from nature, TE exactly the same atmosphere and the same workshop as the photograph of Anna Pavlova. And Tony Candeloro from Venice (another aficionado and collector of pictures of Russian seasons!) I took two rare photos of Anna Pavlova in "Syrian dance" in Buenos Aires German photographer Background Riehl and dancer of the Russian Ballet Monte Carlo on the deck of the ship, the next on tour New York. About ten pictures are taken from photos of the Museum Fund of dance, which we founded together with Lyudmila Lipskaya in 2006. The fund includes photos of Julia Makhalino and Vladimir Malakhov made Nina Alavert over the past 30 years. I would like to add that the Fund is currently preparing a project rather large edition of the photographic history of Russian ballet. Two photographs of contemporary dance are taken from the collection of Richard and Mary Shien in London.

You said that with each photo in your album linked any story ...

-Take For example, a photo of Alan Bergman`s "The Last Supper for 1/100 of a second." Alan himself was a dancer in Balanchine, but in the 1970s was injured, left the ballet and became a photographer. One day, he accidentally made in anticipation of the performance of the lodge only one ballet performance frame. But this frame included all. It seems that Bergman press the shutter button for a moment before - and the picture is not carried to such a meaning, a moment later - and the action would have completed. The history of this image in itself is unique, but even more interesting is that the photographer forgot about it completely. And only when we dug into his archives, selecting the photos to his retrospective exhibition at the Linkolntsentre in New York, my attention was suddenly drawn 35 mm

negative. We started to look through a magnifying glass, and I was literally pierced electricity - whether from the negative, whether from found masterpiece. For such a tiny negative 12 people - it`s just the point! But we looked at some piece movement, light. The next day ordered a controlling print, and when we saw the results ... this photo was one of the most beloved.

And here`s a picture of the Parisian master Philippe Laurent