Russian ballet in a photo project future American "Desperate flawless"
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Ballet is considered one of Russia's business card, and the Russian ballet school is recognized as one of the best in the world. Photocycle Desperately Perfect ( "Hopelessly committed") Rachel Papo (Rachel Papo) tells the story of young talents who are studying in the Russian Ballet Academy. Vaganova. Grueling hours of training and a real fortitude of young dancers - the object of admiration of the New York photographer.
The Academy was founded in 1738 by decree of Empress Anna Ivanovna, and to this day retains its status as one of the best educational institutions of Russia. Among the choreographers who taught in different years at the academy, it should be noted these geniuses of dance as Charles Louis Didlo, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti and many other great teachers. French, Italian, Swedish tradition enriched Russian classical dance technique.
After visiting the academy, Rachel Papo was impressed by the fact that in a country that today is moving towards Westernization, there are institutions in which are stored the old methods of education of youth.
The talented boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18 make incredible - they train 12 hours a day, six days a week.
The painstaking work over many years gives the result: the graduates - are real professionals.
The photographer says that her project aims to show the unvarnished life teens who are in constant competition with each other.
The Academy frequently hosts international shows, and each of the students trying to show himself. However, many times excluded from participation in a competition, if the coaches are not sure that their wards are ready for 100.
The very Rachel as a child nine years studied ballet, but has never been the best in the class. She, more than anyone else, understand that these guys are going through, forcing himself to practice again and again, turning a blind eye to the setbacks and overcoming the physical pain and fatigue. They aspire to the ideal, try to hone their skills, their movements are almost identical, but they are still aggressively trying to show its uniqueness.
Behind the scenes of the Mariinsky Theater