GENE SCHIAVONE PROFESSIONAL BALLET PHOTOGRAPHY

CAPTURING MAGICAL MOMENTS NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN ON-STAGE AND IN THE STUDIO

Looking at a photograph is different from watching a performance. The camera freezes a moment in time that immediately becomes the past. It preserves an instant that is usually not evident to the audience who is watching the dancer pass through it. I’m happy to be able to preserve some of these moments.

My main focus continues to be professional ballet stage photography but I enjoy getting dancers out of the theater to create interesting images. I do regular studio work for my commercial clients as well as aspiring ballet dancers. Having had the privilege of photographing many of the world’s principal dancers, my personal goal is to expand that body of work and in some small way leave tangible evidence of the beauty they created.
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Ballet Photography On-stage, Off-Stage and Studio with Gene Schiavone

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  • Gene Schiavone's work for American Ballet Theatre has served as a moving backdrop of more than a decade full of artistry. His easygoing manner belies a skillful eye, capturing the very best in classical and contemporary dance. As America's National Ballet Company®, ABT is fortunate to have Gene, an artist in his own medium, to document everything that is excellent.
    Kelly Ryan
    Kelly Ryan
  • In Gene's photographs I always feel his love for the art of the ballet and the dancers he photographs. Among many people who photograph rehearsals or performances there are very few real masters who can show the beauty and pureness of dance. When Gene works I never feel distracted. In fact it's always fascinating - I never see him but later I receive beautiful photographs. I always hope he is the one selected to photograph me in the studio or onstage.
    Diana Vishneva
    Diana Vishneva
  • Gene has a sharp eye for the movement and emotion of ballet. His photographs are works of art and we are very happy to be able to use  them in our published material. He has produced work for us for almost ten years and we are happy to include him among the friends of Ardani Artists.
    Sergei Danilian
    Sergei Danilian
  • Indianapolis City Ballet has had the privilege of working with Gene Schiavone every year since 2009. I particularly respect not only the absolute professionalism, flexibility, speed and follow-through, but also his respect for, and knowledge of, the artform and the individual artists he is shooting. The results speak for themselves but what you don’t see in the images is the work ethic, professionalism and kindness he brings to the task each and every time.
    Kevin Hesse
    Kevin Hesse
  • Having a deep love and understanding of ballet, Gene always photographs the Bolshoi in a very special way. I shall never forget your photo session of Corsair as your pictures manage to capture not only the beauty of human bodies, ballet movement and group's choreographic architectonic, but true emotions and drama on stage. This quality is vital for the Bolshoi Ballet through its history but hardly I can remember many photographers who we able to see and capture it in such profound and yet natural way Gene did.
    Katerina Novikova
    Katerina Novikova
  • Gene has photographed me both on stage and in the studio since 2008. His images are a photographic record not only of my time with American Ballet Theatre but in many Galas and special performances around the world. Gene is very sensitive to the fine details of ballet and I am grateful for all the wonderful photographs he has given me over the years I have known him.
    Natalia Osipova
    Natalia Osipova
 

Principal Dancers Photographed
Natalia Osipova, Royal Ballet
Maria Kochetkova, San Francisco Ballet
Alina Cojocaru, English National Ballet
Diana Vishneva, Mariinsky Ballet, ABT
Hee Seo, ABT
Irina Dvorovenko, ABT
Daniil Simkin, ABT
Igor Kolb, Mariinsky

Julie Kent, ABT
Paloma Herrera, ABT
Polina Semionova, ABT
Svetlana Zakharova, Bolshoi Ballet
Maria Alexandrova, Bolshoi Ballet
Ekaterina Krysanova, Bolshoi Ballet
Ekaterina Shipulina, Bolshoi Ballet
Ulyana Lopatkina, Mariinsky Ballet
Herman Cornejo, ABT
Roberto Bolle, La Scala, ABT

Ulyana Lopatkina, Mariinsky Ballet
Alina Somova, Mariinsky Ballet
Viktoria Tereshkina, Mariinsky Ballet
Ekaterina Kondaurova, Mariinsky Ballet
David Hallberg, ABT, Bolshoi
Marcelo Gomes, ABT
Ivan Vasiliev, Mariinsky
Alessandra Ferri, ABT

Ballet Companies Photographed
American Ballet Theatre
Boston Ballet
Mariinsky Ballet
Bolshoi Ballet
Radio City Rockettes
Miami City Ballet
Indianapolis City Ballet
Youth America Grand Prix

Off-Stage & Studio Photography

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