Santiago Barreiro is well known for his eye-catching, energetic photos of dancers and he’s steadily becoming the top of his game in Uruguay and beyond.
Dance photography is an attempt to convey the spirit and skill of their graceful subjects depicting every bit possible of their elegance, zest and drama. A visual treat but a carefully experienced study of movement.
He is a winner at National Geographic for his work, a versatile artist since inception, he has carved an inimitable niche as a dance photographer.
Here, we explore his stunning collection of images of ballet dancers captured outside the studio and off the stage.
End of 2011 – closing celebrations of the Bicentennial opens a new chapter for Santiago. His first time observing classical dance arouses an intellectual appetite which takes him over a journey, the project which he named “Pueblo Ballet”. With the support of SODRE National Ballet Company (BNS), and many of its dancers, they went through a photographic study, which shows the reactions of contemporary Uruguayans to the beauty of classical ballet. They wanted to unify, through images, the beauty and finesse of classical dance with social folklore and by doing so, to promote the culture of ballet.
Capturing Behind Stage, the way the dancers prepare themselves to finally step onto the stage, the swell of emotions to perform right, the anxiety of delivering the act well and fighting all distractions could not have been done more explicitly as is evident from the following pictures.
The Cuban method : Fernando Alonso National Ballet School initiated in 1931 is one of the largest and most important professional training institutions in the world of dance.
Today, the school’s headquarters are full-time, merging initial, primary and secondary education with ballet classes and repertoire, forming dancers and teachers as well as high school graduates with the necessary tools to opt for other careers.
His work speaks volumes and one must visit his gallery at his website.
For everyone out there, who would love to be recognised for their work, do submit your shots at National Geographic, YOUR SHOT. Its a great platform for the world to see your talent.