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NYCB Vol. 3 No. 22 - Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Today I’m sharing some breathtaking photos of the original cast of Stravinsky Violin Concerto and I am struck by not just the beauty and composition of each photo, but the many layers of art within each photo. Clearly Martha Swope was an artist…a skilled photographer, but if the dancers never made those beautiful shapes with their bodies, if Balanchine never choreographed those moves, if Stravinsky never wrote the music that inspired Balanchine, if Ronald Bates hadn’t lit them so skillfully, then these magical moments in time would never have existed for Martha to capture.


Ballet is not just a union between music and movement— it’s a beautiful junction where composers, choreographers, dancers, lighting designers, costume designers, set designers, painters, stagehands, and photographers all use their artistry to enhance each others' contributions to create one grand work of art.





(top, left) Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo,1975.

(top, center) Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo,1973.

(top, right) Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo,1973.

(middle row, left) Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo,1973.

(middle row, center) Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Karin von Aroldingen,1972.

(middle row, right) Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Karin von Aroldingen,1973.

(bottom, left) Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Karin von Aroldingen,1973.

(bottom, center) Bart Cook and Karin von Aroldingen,1980.

(bottom, right) Kay Mazzo,1977.


All photos by Martha Swope


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