Leutwyler spent last winter as the most observant ghost in New York City Ballet’s rehearsal studios, capturing the uncommonly raw backstage images that now compose Ballet, which is both a book (out in December from Steidl) and an exhibit (on view at Foley Gallery November 28 through January 6).
The shots here exemplify the peek-behind-the-curtain feel of Leutwyler’s photos, from an open crate of tutus (“like pizzas in a restaurant”) to a ballerina’s feet after a day of matinée and evening performances (“when the feet are demolished”). “If I had to title the picture, I would call it Reality and Dreams,” says Leutwyler. “The foot en pointe is what every little girl dreams of. The other is the hard, hard work, and the reality.”
*This article originally appeared in the December 3, 2012 issue of New York Magazine.
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