Our idea for a feature to coincide with the Royal Ballet revival of John Cranko’s Onegin involved producing group shots and individual portraits of the four principal dancers cast as “the Man in Black”. Arriving at the Floral Hall one morning in September, it dawned on us how focused we would need to be in order to generate workable shots of Johan, David, Thiago and Federico: the boys were headed to their daily ballet class and there was neither time for icebreaking, nor for a dry run.
We wondered how the group dynamics would work. Would these guys get along with each other? On top of that, we felt responsible for the fact their alarm clocks had rung earlier than usual that day (we know just how valuable sleep is when you’re a dancer). As they arrived, coffee in hand, friendly smiles all around, we felt relieved. Our friend and photographer Dominic Dudley took his spot behind the lens and “action!” We often hear how dancers are just the opposite of camera-shy and it is true. The four of them looked at ease within seconds. In the end our short session produced many interesting photos. It would have been a shame not to share them all, so we hope you enjoy these extras:
More of Dominic’s pictures in his blog post about the photoshoot.
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All photos by Dominic Dudley ©
The Royal Ballet’s final performance of Onegin will take place on Monday (25 October) with Johan Kobborg as Onegin and Mara Galeazzi as Tatiana.
For more information & booking visit the ROH website.