João Pedro Freitas, ballet dancer at Ballettschule Theater Basel — shot in Oporto, Portugal.
first, a bit of context: it was through street photography that I got in touch with the world of still imagery. as a student, during the ninetees, back in the days of analog using a Pentax K-1000 and hitting the streets in Oporto and other cities nearby. it's still, today, one of the styles that I most enjoy and every time I travel my Fujifilm x100F joins me as my preferred choice for this task (see my city glimpses page). in a nutshell, my photography grew up in the streets.
when I decided to embrace dance photography as my main subject the transition felt completely natural. I started street dance photography in the city of Warsaw, through a collaboration with Nathalie Sonnenschine, and gradually extended my collaboration to other artists.
Nathalie Sonnenschine, ballet dancer and teacher, for her project Ballerina and the City
Filipa de Castro and Carlos Pinillos, principal dancers of the CNB (National Company of Ballet, in Portugal). Session produced in Lisbon with Don Quijote costumes by Micaela Larisch Design.
after a few sessions with different ballet dancers, it was then that I realised that was something that I would like to continue in the future so I’ve decided to create my own project and call it Dancers and their Cities — click on the link to see the dedicated website created for this project.
it started as a pilot project in Portugal in 2019, and the idea behind it was to challenge dancers of all styles, in different cities, to create a non-commercial project where they could express their art through photography. at the same time, it allowed me to enjoy another passion: street photography and travelling between beautiful cities and rediscovering them with a photographic look.
Ballet dancers José Afonso and Mara Morais in Ribeira, Oporto, Portugal.
when I moved to Poland in 2020, I decided to continue this project here. at the moment, this project was present in 16 Portuguese cities and 7 Polish cities and I’ve collaborated with more than 80 individual dancers. don’t forget to check out the project at www.dancersandtheircities.com!
Ballet dancers and teachers Marcelo Andrade and Beatriz Simões in Oporto, Portugal.