Photographed by Costas, Dancing Men is a remarkable collection of male dancers at ballet and dance companies around the world. The images and people pictured range across four decades and includes some 50 notable performers in more than 100 images captured through the lens of one of America’s foremost dance photographers.
A passionate dance photographer for more than forty years, Costas has created a collection of noted dancers pictured in performance, at practice and teaching colleagues. Why male dancers? Because, as George Jackson notes in his introduction, "Ballet, which arose in Western Civilization, initially featured men as its stars. Then, men ballet dancers were relegated to doing partnering and pantomime. Only subsequently did they wake up from that slumber to scale new heights of bravura and become, on the one hand, glamorous sex symbols (Nijinsky, Nureyev, Baryshnikov) and, on the other, satirists and rebels who took on women’s pointe roles and diva mannerisms (the Trocks).”
Dancers pictured in Dancing Men include: Karim Abdullin, Ib Andersen, Michael Apuzzo, George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Maurice Béjart, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Peter Boal, Julio Bocca, Roberto Bolle, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Tadej Brdnik, Adam Bull, Stephane Bullion, Robert Carter, José Manuel Carreño, Semyon Chudin, Herman Cornejo, Angel Corella, Joaquin DeLuz, Altan Dugaraa, Wayne Eagling, Boris Eifman, Adrian Fadeyev, Robert Fairchild, Chase Finlay, Sergei Filin, Dmitri Fisher, William Forsythe, Matthieu Ganio, Gonzalo Garcia, Marcelo Gomes, Osiel Gouneo, Dmitri Gudanov, David Hallberg, Silas Henricksen, Matthias Heyman, Nikolaj Hubbe, Kevin Jackson, Hananomoto Kai, Lloyd Knight, Igor Kolb, Anton Korsakov, Yann Le Gac, Manuel Legris, Andris Liepa, Sean Mahoney, Vladmir Malakhov, Jose Martinez, Peter Martins, Denis Matvienko, Kevin McKenzie, Benjamin Millepied, Lloyd Mayor, Mikko Nissinen, Rudolf Nureyev, Artem Ovcharenko, Lorenzo Pagano, Grigori Popov, Alexi Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Farukh Ruzimatov, Leonid Sarafanov, Peter Schaufuss, Ben Schultz, Vladimir Shklyarov, Daniil Simkin, Ruslan Skvortsov, Yuri Smekalov, Filipp Stepin, Ethan Stiefel, Danny Tidwell, Helgi Tomasson, Michael Trusnovec, Eric Underwood, Ivan Vasiliev, Makhar Vaziev, Edward Villella, Alexander Volchkov, Medhi Walerski, and Igor Zelensky
Dancing Men is printed in full color, bound in hardcovers, with a page count of 160.
About the Photographer
Costas, the instigator and photographer of Dancing Men, is from the Greek island of Chios. Studying in the United States at Wagner College on New York’s Staten Island, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island he focused on math and physics. His thesis topic concerned the classical Greek philosophers’ concepts of energy conservation. When dance photography began to intrigue him and choreographer George Balanchine invited him to rehearsals, Costas began to see that there were instants that captured essential elements in dance. To photograph them he learned to operate his camera with the needed speed and to anticipate the right moments almost instinctively. The resulting dance pictures have appeared in books, periodicals, film and television footage, on posters and covers and cards, and in gallery exhibitions around the world. Costas’ volume, Balanchine – Celebrating a Life in Dance (Tide-mark, 2003) has gone through several editions. Together with writer Nancy Reynolds, Costas created the annual Balanchine calendar which featured dancers of the New York City Ballet for 19 years. Costas lives in New York City.