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Melissa Bartucci is a New York City based artist. A retired professional dancer, she made a transiton to behind the lens, capturing emerging freelance dancers and choreographers of a...
It was a warm and gorgous morning as I headed to the Gibney Studios in downtown NYC to observe and capture Choreographer Jessica Chen.
Jessica is in the very early stages of creating various works. When I arrived she greeted me and we made a bit of small talk but I made a point to leave her to work on her own, as she usually likes to do to prepare before her dancers arrive for the rehearsal. Slowly they filtered in, chatting and warming up, the room grew more and more humid.
Jessica was working with a dancer on some very intricate, specific and detailed movement, first demonstrating, and then passing it on to him to work on. They went back and forth, taking turns dancing the phrase, it almost blurring together into a pas de deux at a point. I was listening so intently and watching, enjoying it that I had sort of forgot my camera in my hand..this sort of happens to me, it's a bit amusing I guess, I've said it before that the dancer part inside of me comes to the forefront sometimes and I lose myself in that dance. However I managed to snap myself out of that because all of a sudden it happened incredibly fast--Jessica--who is a beautiful dancer in her own right--in seconds threw herself into the movement, the camera found my eye, and caught her.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Photography is my love, but so is teaching. I love being a part of a long standing tradition of the art of ballet, to pass on your knowledge, experience and the overall love of dance to a new generation of young dancers.
Here my students wear romantic length tutus as they take a bit of a rest for a moment before another run though of an excerpt of the ballet Swan Lake. The ballet itself was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on March 4,1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
I frequently have opportunites to attend dress rehearsals, after witnessing the creation process in the studio, it's thrilling to see the finished project after all of the effort. With camera in hand, I see a complete transformation from studio to stage. There are no words to describe how they become these gorgeous creatures, and how I feel watching them. You can clearly see it's such a relief for them to grace the stage. This is all that they live, breathe and exist for..
What if..the iconic images of Jerome Robbins, Robert Joffrey, George Balanchine and Martha Graham never existed? It's impossible to imagine. Those photographs in turn helped to make a direct impact on dance in America and inspired countless future generations of dancers, choreographers and artists. To me, it is my personal belief that it is more important than ever to continue to capture today's great artists in their element, though out this new and exciting era of dance. To document, as well as to reach and inspire the great artists of tomorrow.
Choreographer/ Artistic Director of the DASH Ensemble Gregory Dolbashian in the rehearsal studio with dancer Lauren Santos.