Ballerinas are ready subjects for blockbusting movies and bestselling biographies: Now, male dancers, too, are having a moment—one that we hope sparks a trend. In his new photography book, Les Danseurs, Matthew Brookes focuses his lens on men of the Paris Opéra Ballet. In powerfully composed black and white photos, Brookes highlights the strength of male dancers, but also a vulnerability and artistry that’s often overshadowed by luminous images of swans and sleeping beauties. And, in November, The Royal Ballet and Oberon Books will release a photography book depicting the career of one of the ballet world’s most virtuosic male stars, Carlos Acosta.
Boys may face less competition within the ballet world, but they face far more criticism from onlookers ready to stigmatize men in tights. (Check out American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet star David Hallberg’s personal essay in Pointe’s last December/January issue). These photography collections are sure to place male dancers in the positive spotlight they deserve!