Andrea Paolini Merlo is a dancer and choreographer at the Hungarian National Ballet Company. And she photographs her fellow dancers in such a way that the choreography is still evident in a still photograph. Her images are stunning. You can feel the movement and energy these mere humans use to elevate their bodies past ordinary, to an extraordinary level.A lifetime ago, I was a lighting designer for a ballet company. These images remind me of that time. The best part of being on tour with a company is the dancers. Seriously, they were truly artists. The company that I worked with did not have a prima ballerina, they were all part of the company and could dance any part at any time. And they were all fabulous.
all images by Andrea Paolini Merlo