Retrospective: 50 years of Dance Photography 

Marsh and Basile Galleries at the Herron School of Art and Design

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The physical movement of ballet is rendered still in a photographic image yet, according to Roy Round, it is through photos that contemporary dance will be remembered in future decades. Round, a world-renowned celebrity and fashion photographer, used black and white film to capture the images of many of the leading dancers of the latter half of the 20th Century, among them Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, and Rudolf Nureyev. Some of these photos capture the subjects in casual poses—you see Baryshnikov relaxing in his apartment for example—and others capture the dancers leaping onstage, or posing in costume. There is a certain timelessness about these images that were shot over a span of fifty years; if you are not familiar with the history of ballet performance, then it will be impossible for you to tell whether a certain photograph was snapped in 1958 or 2003. Yet the personalities of the dancers, frozen for a moment in time, shine through in this brilliant—and remarkably consistent—work. Through July 17; 317-278-9423,

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