Sébastien Galtier: Beautiful Friends

Stuttgart Ballet’s Sébastien Galtier started to take ballet pictures about four years ago as a hobby. He soon realised he could cross over photography with other media he liked, more specifically fashion and the visual arts. That allowed him to give a different context to his dance photos, taking well-known ballet characters into shots staged in unexpected surroundings.

To showcase his work, Sébastien recently decided to start a Tumblr site – Beautiful Friends (if you are not following it yet, it’s a must!). We were delighted he agreed to share some of it with us:

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Glamour & decadence: Sue Jin Kang as Marguerite from Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias.

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Marcia Haydée looking très chic as Madame

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A bubbly Julia Krämer for Spuck’s Grand Pas De Deux

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Alicia Amatriain as Odette seems to channel the mood of Aronofsky’s Black Swan

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Elizabeth Mason and Friedemann Vogel. The Sylph, James & the fateful window

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Evan McKie as a very dapper Onegin

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Like a painting: The cast of Lady of the Camellias – from left: Laura O’Malley, Alexander Jones, Katja Wünsche, Marijn Rademaker, Sue Jin Kang and David Moore.

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Sébastien wants to keep honing in on his photography skills and “push it a little bit further each time”. Right now he’s looking forward to meeting new characters, costumes, dancers and scenery. You can visit his social media pages here:

All photos © Sébastien Galtier and Stuttgart Ballet.

We started The Ballet Bag in April 2009 with the mission to prove that ballet is not stuffy, old fashioned and inaccessible; that it is quite the opposite: relevant, fresh and topical. With the aim to Give Ballet a New Spin we try to show it under a different light. When writing our capsule biographies, ballet fact cards, review roundups and commentary on social media, we cross it over with other art forms and cultural references (pop culture, cinema, rock music – ie. other things we love!).