Ballet Zaida

Ballet Zaida in San Francisco

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Oliver Endahl, the photographer whose work you see here, explains his motivation behind the photo shoot and what he wanted to achieve with the dancers. “When I visited San Francisco this past December, I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot with several of my friends. Jeraldine Mendoza of the Joffrey, Koto Ishihara of the San Francisco Ballet, Emma Rubinowitz of the San Francisco Ballet School, And my sister Alanna Endahl, who currently trains at City Ballet School of San Francisco.

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For this photoshoot, I was working with so much talent I wanted the theme to be underlying power, and beauty. To achieve that, I thought the Legion of Honor in San Francisco would be a perfect location to use.

Before the shoot began I thought of some of the poses ahead of time. I knew I wanted to do a shot where Koto was in a Sous-sus with her arms down and slightly out by her side because I think that’s a very powerful pose.

I also wanted to experiment with poses from well known story ballets. For example, the shot with Jeraldine and Koto is inspired by the classic shot of Albrecht kneeling on his knee with Giselle behind him, from the story ballet Giselle.

Something I really enjoy about these photos, and all of the photos in Ballet Zaida, is how elegant and relatively simple they are. The main focus of the photos is always the dancers and the steps they’re performing.”

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All photographs © Oliver Endahl.  No unauthorised reproduction.

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