Men in Motion: The Art and Passion of the Male Dancer

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François Rousseau, author of the best-selling Locker Room Nudes, affords us private and exclusive access to more than 60 dancers from across the world, and the world of dance. Members of classical dance companies, including Opera de Paris and the New York City Ballet, and contemporary dance troupes, such as Alvin Ailey and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, as well as dancers from disciplines as diverse as Broadway, hip hop, acrobatic, and folk are spotlighted both on and offstage. Rousseau captures the innate eroticism ...
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Overview

François Rousseau, author of the best-selling Locker Room Nudes, affords us private and exclusive access to more than 60 dancers from across the world, and the world of dance. Members of classical dance companies, including Opera de Paris and the New York City Ballet, and contemporary dance troupes, such as Alvin Ailey and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, as well as dancers from disciplines as diverse as Broadway, hip hop, acrobatic, and folk are spotlighted both on and offstage. Rousseau captures the innate eroticism of these artists as they pose, prepare, and perform. These men, whether seen in their most personal times of self-reflection or public moments under the spotlight, are proof that the body is truly a thing of beauty. Whether solo or en masse, their energy and virility leaps from the stage, and the page.
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"Drawn from the diverse worlds of ballet, modern dance, folk dance and even breakdancing, the professionals that grace its pages are captured on the stage and in the studio, en masse and solo, displaying strength, poise and artistry in both their visages and their bodies. In contrast to
Locker Room Nudes, the subjects here are captured mostly in motion, highlighting not only the beauty of their forms but also the amazing athleticism and musculature gained from a life of dedication to their chosen art." ~MetroSource.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789318794
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,005,171
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

François Rousseau began his photography career in 1995, after spending ten years as a painter. A highly sought-after commercial photographer, his work has been featured in magazines across the world. His photographs are showcased in Locker Room Nudes, as well as in several other books and galleries around the world.
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  • Posted November 7, 2009

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    'People walk, run, jump, collide, and float.'

    François Rousseau has created a large following, from those who own his books to those celebrities he has photographed to the aficionados of sport and of fashion. This major scale book is devoted not to the game athletes as was his other popular volume but to dance athletes and as such it is one of the more informed and sophisticated books of the many possibilities of muscular function published. MEN IN MOTION: THE ART AND PASSION OF THE MALE DANCER is an appropriate title as Rousseau is as fascinated with capturing the state of art to which these many dancers have achieved as he is to focusing on the uncanny feats displayed by the human body in response to choreography and music.

    As Rousseau states in his introduction, 'The mission of a dancer is not to exhibit his body as an object, but rather to use his body to interpret and express art; to use the body he has, in the space he has, to put forth the felling and the meaning within his dance.' What Rousseau offers in this beautifully designed and produced volume by Universe are pages of photographs of individual dancers - some at rest but most in motion - executing powerful leaps and lifts as well as photographs of groups of dancers in concert and at rest. Almost all are in dance costume; nudity is present but is clearly not the focus of this book. Rousseau elects to combine black and white with color and sepia toned images to provide stunning contrasts. One double page spread is of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with some 26 male dancers in motion under the lead of premier dancer William Credell and is a dramatic, physically challenging study of men in motion.

    This elegant book is a must for lovers of dance, whether classical ballet or contemporary interpretation, but it is also a study in anatomy for the students of sculpture, so finely captured is the power and tension of the male body in motion. This is an Art Book of the first order. Highly recommended.

    Grady Harp

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