Photographer Rick Guest Celebrates Royal Ballet Dancers With New Exhibition

Photographer Rick Guest Celebrates Royal Ballet Dancers With New Exhibition
Royal Ballet dancer Zenaida Yanowsky, photo by Rick Guest, courtesy ROH (L) and Royal Ballet dancer Johannes Stepanek , photo by Rick Guest, courtesy ROH (R)
(Royal Opera House PR)

Ballet dancers are known for their incredible physique, dedication to form and balance, and their expressiveness. A new exhibition taken by Rick Guest pays homage to the dancers of the Royal Ballet in a unique series of black and white images that fuse together fashion, photography, and art.

Guest took the dancers out of their usual habitat of the Royal Opera House and shot a series of black and white photos styled by Olivia Pomp. She took the dancers out of their usual costumes and styled them in bespoke garments and accessories with unusual detailing crafted by emerging British fashion talent including Derek Lawlor, Hannah Morgan, Alice Lewis, Georgina Pragnell, and Ana Rajcevicz.

 

Guest, who has photographed Olympic athletes, captured the dancers in motion and focused on their extraordinary poise and strength. Dancer Zenaida Yankowsky looks like a bird in flight, with her outstretched arms and wings stemming from the back of her bodysuit, while Edward Watson looks controlled yet free in the air in shorts and overcoat.

The 34 photos will be displayed for a few days at the Hospital Club. Top dancers from the Royal Ballet, such as Lauren Cuthbertson, Marianela Nunez, and Stephen McRay all took part in this project. 

Guest’s work include advertising campaigns for Nike, BMW, and other high performance subjects, including the campaign for the London 2012 Olympics. Pope, on the other hand, comes from a fashion background, working as the fashion editor of German GQ before coming to the UK to work for Esquire and Financial Times. Her work extends beyond editorial work and has appeared in campaigns for Burberry, Gucci, and Smythson.

Now Is All There Is - Bodies in MotionJanuary 25-27, at the Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ, free admission