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Irina Dvorovenko, Irina's Final ABT Performance, May 18, 2013

Irina Dvorovenko, Irina’s Final ABT Performance, May 18, 2013

My guest today is Kent Becker an New Yorker who has created a unique and captivating way to combine his passion for photography and ballet by taking photos of dancers during their Curtain Calls.  Kent, in his interview explains that unlike a piece of lasting art, his photos capture a moment in the dancer’s history that cannot be recreated.  The dancer’s full emotions shine clearly through the photos…..from elation, gratitude and even disappointment.

 

Two time previous guest Megan Fairchild and Jared Angle with Violinist Kurt Nikkanen, Due Concertant, New York City Ballet, September 28, 2013

Megan Fairchild, Jared Angle with Violinist Kurt Nikkanen, Due Concertant, New York City Ballet, September 28, 2013

Misty Copeland and Blaine Hoven, Sleeping Beauty, July 6, 2013

Misty Copeland and Blaine Hoven, Sleeping Beauty, July 6, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kent is a long time season ticket holder and fan of American Ballet Theater (ABT).  His love for this company began when he was inspired by Mikhail Baryshnikov and the amazing impact he had on Ballet, particularly for the male dancer.  Since the late 1980’s, Kent has attended hundreds of ABT performances and has therefore chosen to feature their dancers in many of his photos.  Kent has recently begun to branch out and include photos of other Ballet Company’s such as New York City Ballet (NYCB) and San Francisco Ballet (SFB).  

Sofiane Sylve and Tiit Helimets, Symphonic Dances, San Francisco Ballet, October 18, 2013

Sofiane Sylve and previous guest Tiit Helimets , Symphonic Dances, San Francisco Ballet, October 18, 2013

 

 

I’ve included many of Kent’s amazing photographs on this page – and  if you have been listening to my previous interviews, you will recognize many faces as some of my previous guests.

Unique and inspirational – Kent was a fabulous Podcast guest!

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out more of Kent Becker’s photos on his website http://www.notmydayjobphotography.com/ as well as his extremely informative and entertaining blog at http://balletfocus.com

 

Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo, July 10, 2008 - this is the photo that Kent mentions in the Podcast interview as a photo that really stood out for him!

Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo, July 10, 2008 – this is the photo that Kent mentions in the Podcast interview as a photo that really stood out for him!

Natalia Osipova, Romeo and Juliet, June 14, 2013 - this photo seems to capture the essence of "Curtain Call" - the emotion is so evident!

Natalia Osipova, Romeo and Juliet, June 14, 2013 – this photo seems to capture the essence of “Curtain Call” – the emotion is so evident!

 

Robert Fairchild, La Sonnambuta, October 11, 2013 - (Robbie is the brother of my previous guest Megan Fairchild and a principal dancer with NYCB)

Robert Fairchild, La Sonnambuta, October 11, 2013 – (Robbie is the brother of my previous guest Megan Fairchild and a principal dancer with NYCB)

 

Sara Mearns and Andrew Veyette, (previous guest and husband of Megan Fairchild) - Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, October 11, 2013

Sara Mearns and Andrew Veyette, (previous guest and husband of Megan Fairchild) – Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, October 11, 2013

 

 

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