Sébastien Galtier: Beautiful Friends

by Emilia & Linda on June 22, 2011

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.

Sue Jin Kang

Marcia Haydée looking très chic as Madame

Marcia Haydee

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

Julia Krämer

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

Alicia Amatriain

Alicia Amatriain

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

Mason and Vogel

Evan McKie as a very dapper Onegin

Evan McKie

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.


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.

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Sebastien Galtier (@sebgaltier) June 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

two articles about me and my photogarphy ! Its a good day :)
#photography #dancer #ballet

Carahe June 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

All the photos are beautiful, but I just love the shot of Evan McKie, who looks like a particularly naughty vampire.

The Ballet Bag (@theballetbag) (@theballetbag) June 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

: ) RT @sebgaltier: two articles about my #photography ! Its a good day :) #dancer #ballet http://bit.ly/k1F28T + http://bit.ly/koWNnM

Emilia June 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

@Carahe – Very true! Ballet + vampires = what’s not to like? ;)

La Darina June 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Carahe – you took the words out of my mouth : ) Eat your heart out R-Pattz!

Stunning photos!! I ADORE the one with the bubblegum

Hyunkyung Sung (@Villerkulla) June 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

The Ballet Bag – Sébastien Galtier: Beautiful Friends http://bit.ly/iAZOku

RoyalAcademyofDance (@RADheadquarters) June 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

Beautiful!RT @theballetbag: New post in the bag: Beautiful Friends – the Stuttgart Ballet crew in #chic #ballet #photos http://bit.ly/jSKfZ8

Cathy Liu (@CalLulu) June 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

Gorgeous!! RT @theballetbag New post in the bag: Beautiful Friends – the Stuttgart Ballet crew in #chic #ballet #photos http://t.co/5dl6Od1

Stallie (@carostal) June 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Beautiful Friends – http://t.co/HGmnbDq Evan McKie looking yummy, sharp &fit!#ballet

Sher'ron Underwood (@SherronU) June 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

#Dance #Photos: Ck out Sebastien Galtier’s work via @sebgaltier a Photographer & #Ballet #Dancer http://t.co/CxJpXka http://t.co/PZJpk7n

Rachel Handshaw June 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

These are beautiful! I look forward to more of his photos. I’ve always thought ballet dancers would make the perfect fashion models- great bodies achieved through years of tortuously hard work, not just cigarettes and diets.

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