We Fight, We Dance

October 1, 2009


Erwin Olaf‘s series, “We Fight, We Dance”, underscores what fascinates me most about dancing: the extreme physicality that lies underneath the grace and beauty seen up on stage. The pieces were commissioned for the Nederlands Dans Theater, a performance group started to have a modern dance outlet separate from the more classical Dutch National Ballet. I think the tone of the photographs perfectly suit the group’s philosophy. Here is dance without the trappings, just the realities of sweat and muscles. I also find the photographs grotesquely beautiful, in line with Olaf’s usual subversive tone. Overall, I think these might be some of my favourite pictures of dancers.


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One comment

  1. “grotesque beauty” – I totally agree. these are such powerful pictures! thanks for bringing them to my attention.

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