30 Heart-wrenching photos of the Russian ballet dancers behind the curtain

St. Petersburg is a city with all kinds of arts, and it is a city with the largest heritage of Russian ballet. It is also home to the extremely talented Russian photographer and professional dancer Darian Volkova, founder of the Alma en pies project.

As a dancer, Darian often travels around the world with her company, and as a ballet photographer she never forgets to take pictures during her travels. Darian has taken pictures in almost all the theaters from Russia to Iceland.

I have given people ballet with the eyes of a dancer, this is what I do. As a spectator, you can see only one side of classical ballet, the world of beauty and lightness; but ballet is more than the world, this is the universe.



At home, Darian photographs the prima ballerinas Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky, among others. She likes personalized photos. This may be similar to the myth about Pygmalion and Galatea, where she is a kind sculptor and the dancer is her creation that tries to make her live.

My last destination was France. It was unforgettable! I always enjoy it, it's great to work with dancers from another country. They have the ballet school different but this still makes us brothers of the same passion.

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How Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes (January 2021)


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