Dancing in the streets is certainly not anything new, but to see graceful ballet dancers strut their stuff on a typical road will surely catch your attention. Enticed to the streets by photographer Omar Z. Robles, these graceful ballet dancers, both male and female, dart around the many iconic sites of the city.
They pose, jump, and pirouette in the most strange of backdrops, which makes for a very odd combination. 34 year-old Robles photographed the select number of ballet dancers as they struck various poses and movements in numerous New York City industrial areas as background. Robles is a photographer committed to picturing the brief, fleeting moment.
He studied at L’École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris Marcel Marceau, but discovered photography later in life and he was absolutely enraptured with its capability to capture and freeze the moment. He is also captivated with the human body, which he thinks is “bound by connectivity between reason and form”. The street ballet initiative is a direct result of these ideas. Robles continued, “I’m in love with how you can express and create all these beautiful lines and movements with just the human body.”
The images do not hint at any of the typical chaotic conditions of a city street. The dancers instead celebrate human form at its most graceful and elegant. They seem to fly through the air amongst industrial backgrounds, rather than the usual theater stage reserved for their craft. The striking images show the performers in alleyways, subway cars, as well as many city streets. Robles shot his subjects in some of the Big Apple’s most exposed places like the South Street Seaport, High Line, as well as under the iconic Manhattan Bridge.
View the pictures shot by Robles of graceful bodies in motion here.