The Essence of Ballet
In 2012 Nikolaj Hübbe invited Ingrid Bugge, to follow The Royal Danish Ballet so that she could create her soul-image of the ballet. Moments that would otherwise disappear. Nicolai experienced that her interpretations of the ballet created magical moments. As well as uniting dance, story, time and place which, as a result became secured and cultivated.
The photographic collages visualize the nerve and soul of ballet and resemble the classical painting in their expression. The intention of the ballet photography art project was to capture and condense moments from the ballet performances. In order to reveal the essence of ballet.
Ingrid’s thoughts of the performance and her project
“There they are, the dancers. So fine and gracious, with makeup and dressed in elf clothing and troll fur, beetle wings and rococo wigs. It’s an enchanting sight. I carefully take the camera from my bag. I do not dare to press too hard on the release button or stand to close. I feel like a stranger here, trying to settle in. I have permission to photograph from the auditorium, the rigging loft and behind the scenes. From where the light technicians work. Looking through my viewfinder, I constantly discover new expressions in the movement, captivating me. Lights glide poetically over the magical scenery. The orchestra fills the theatre. The skin of the dancers; their challenges, their victories, the stories they so passionately tell with their bodies. And the secret adventures that happens behind the curtain.
I got a deep understanding of the world of ballet and the classic tales the dancers unfold. As a result my art project The Essence of Ballet came to life – Ingrid Bugge
Below are examples. Arrangements are available in the Gallery and postershop.
The Poet of The Ballet
Nicolaj Hübbe desribed the Art Project as:
“A ballet performance, from the first glimpse behind the carpet of Acropolis and masking the stage with the curtain fall after each act. You can compare it with the technical magic of the camera.The stroke on the bar by the stage manager matches the photographer pressing the camera shutter.
With curtain rise a myriad of visual and auditory expressions appear which seeps into the consciousness of the audience. In the end the technicians lower Acropolis. From what we have seen, the memories are now embedded into our memory. Different movements created in time and space can now develop through something similar.
These internal images reflect what we have seen or perhaps what we think we have seen! The audience leaves and the theatre closes. However, the camera moves faster than the 2½ hour performance and capture moments from the ballet before the shutter time. Therefore, it has come to capture moments that people do not see.
Throughout the year Bugge has worked with The Royal Ballet. She has captured these moments in a sensitive and poetic way and composed them in photographic commentaries. In like manner, she reflects the ballet with a personal approach and with sensitivity to the performances. The images we see through Ingrid’s lens are like the strange and wonderful recollections. In fact, they have gathered in our consciousness after the final curtain fall.” -Nicolaj Hübbe
The art book is a rare and fascinating window to the enchanting world of ballet. Including 63 photographic collages from The Royal Danish Ballet. Also, it includes interviews with ballet master Nikolaj Hübbe, writer and ballet reviewer Erik Aschengreen and photographer Lars Schwander.
Nikolaj Hübbe poetically describes three important events in his life. Especially, his experiences as a ballet dancer and Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet. Erik Aschengreen tells the story of his lifelong fascination with and love for ballet. In particular how he made ballet his profession. Lars Schwander, the founder of Fotografisk Center describes the art of photography and ballet. And how Bugge’s photographs occupy a space in between the two. Furthermore, Ingrid Bugge tells about her encounter with the ballet as well as the artistic process behind the art project.
Overall, the book’s purpose is to accompany the reader into the poetic nerve of the ballet. Its soul and its presence. The Essence of Ballet addresses those who are fascinated by or perhaps in love with the poetic essence of the ballet. Much like the contributors to this book.
Format: 34 x 30 cm
Language: both Danish and English
Hardcover with an extra plastic cover
Price: 60 EUR – plus shipping
Painting with My Camera – Multitouch Ibook
Go behind the process of the Art project The Essence of Ballet with this interactive multi-touch ebook. Through explanatory videos, texts and images you will get to the finest detail of Ingrid Bugge’s photographs. Bugge made these photographs in 2012 and 2013 at The Royal Danish Ballet.
Delve into the details of the photographs, learn about some of The Royal Danish Ballets many stories. And listen in on how Bugge made the Photographs. This is a unique chance to discover the art-project come to life. From the very beginning to Ingrid’s finished photographic collages.
Multitouch Ibook (available in iTunes)
Price: 6.49 EUR
The exhibition, The Essence of Ballet was on display for the first time in Artcentre Silkeborg Bad’s ten halls. Balletmaster Nikolaj Hübbe opened the exhibition on the 3rd of may 2014. It lasted from the 3rd of may to the 7th of september 2014.
A total of 39 huge pieces of ballet photography were on display. Meanwhile, the visitors had an opportunity to get a look into my workprocess, through a showing of a movie. In continuation of the exhibit, the Royal Ballet Silkeborg made an appearence on the 13th of June 2014. It was during their sommer-tour of Denmark. While the exhibition was open, it was also possible to see a 30 metre long frieze with selected pieces in Silkeborg.
Afterwards, Galleri Kunsthuset, Galleri Lejre and Galleri Belle exhibited selected pieces from the art project. Likewise, Bugge chose 20 pieces for a special curated exhibition in Perm, Moscow and St. Petersborg in 2016/17.
Ingrid Bugge chose her art project The Essence of Ballet for the exhibition. Additionally, she selected another six artworks shown on the city fences. From the beginning of Østergade, the exhibition reached more than 30 meters past the well-known hotel, D´Angleterre. The exhibition lasted from April 5 to September 30.
In the open urban space in front of The Royal Danish Theatre, the artworks invited the passers by to take part in the ballets poetic world. Therefore, the artworks became a window into the fascinating world of ballet.
This Art Project got a lot of publicityThe Guardian Yellowtrace BBC interview Copenhagen Report Norwegian Weekendavisen Berlinske Tidende DBC: Materialevurderinger