Now is all there is
To mark the first season of Kevin O’Hare as the new director of The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera House, in conjunction with the Hospital Club, showcases an astonishing series of photographs by Rick Guest of the dancers and choreographers who will be bringing O’Hare’s creative vision to life.
In this remarkable series of black and white images photographer Rick Guest and stylist Olivia Pomp present a modern take on the classical world of ballet. This project is the coming together of three separate disciplines; photography, fashion and dance, into one vision. Away from the confines of the stage and traditional costume, the dancers are able to demonstrate their breathtaking capabilities in an uninhibited atmosphere.
Olivia and Rick have a unique partnership which has developed over many years of collaboration on international editorial commissions. Rick’s extensive experience of photographing athletes - most recently for the 2012 London Olympics - gives him a unique insight into how best to capture the human body in motion,seizing moments of weight and weightlessness. These images illustrate key tenets of balletic technique, balance and poise, but with a strong fashion edge that is both evocative and playful.
Rick and Olivia are honoured to work with The Royal Ballet and the astounding array of luminary dancers and choreographers of such international renown. Dancers include Edward Watson, Marianella Nunez, Stephen McRae, Nehemiah Kish, Johannes Stepanek, Eric Underwood, Zenaida Yanowsky, Lauren Cuthbertson, Thiago Soares and Melissa Hamilton.
There are 35 photographs with each image float mounted and framed in American oak to form a dramatic installation. All art pieces are a limited edition of six and will be for sale.
Rick Guest: Now is all there is
25 - 27 January 2013
The Hospital Club
24 Endell Street
London, WC2H 9HQ