Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

April 5, 2017  Editor: Jane Wang
Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

A dancer performs at the National Ballet of China. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

 

A member of the China Women Photographers' Association recently visited the National Ballet of China (NBC) in Beijing, a cradle for up-and-coming performers, to record their efforts and dedication to the art of dance.

At 9 a.m. every morning, the dancers go to the rehearsal room to warm up, marking the beginning of the day's exercise.

Push-ups are a central part of their regime. During their short breaks, they practice their flexibility while chatting about how to improve.

Graceful movements do not seem that complicated. However, it is not as easy as it looks. The dancers' foreheads are usually covered with sweat after just a few movements.

There is an old saying that the ballerinas repeat often: "One minute on the stage takes 10 years of hard work."

"Spin, spin and spin again," says the teacher. For one movement, they must perform it tens of thousands of times.

After completing the basic exercises, they wear silicone protective sleeves and apply gummed tape to support their feet. Then they put on their ballet shoes.

"Those who stand out on-stage among ballet lovers must have suffered from countless hardships in their training," commented the photographer.

The hard training allows them to have light and graceful dancing movements and gives them an elegant temperament, like an angel, she said.

A large plastic box in the corner of the rehearsal hall is filled with worn-out shoes. For the dancers, ballet shoes last an average of three or four days only, reflecting their painstaking efforts in their work.

 

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

Dancers conduct their exercises. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

A ballet dancer does the splits. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

A ballet dancer wearing a black shirt carries out exercise. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

Dancers do push-ups. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

A ballet dancer is covered with sweat. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

A ballet dancer is covered with sweat. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

A dancer wraps her shoes using a special tool. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

A member of the troupe performs a new dance. [Courtesy of China Women Photographers' Association]

Photo Series Tells Backstage Story of Famous Ballet Troupe

The green plastic box is filled with the dancer's worn-out shoes.

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

 

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