EMMA TOWN BALLERINA
Milwaukee Ballet II, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
PHOTO by Gene Schiavone
Gene Schiavone ABOUT/
“CAPTURING MAGICAL MOMENTS NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN ON-STAGE AND IN THE STUDIO”
Photography has always been an important part of his life. He became interested in it as a child and was amazed that He could just snap the shutter and capture an image. He has had no formal training. As a boy He experimented with his father’s camera, read books on darkroom techniques and generally annoyed people with his persistence in trying to take their picture.
Throughout his business career, He continued to explore photography by attending workshops and studying the work of a diverse group of photographers such as Scavullo, Irving Penn, Horst, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helmut Newton.Fast forward to about 1995. His wife had been involved with ABT for many years during which time He acquired only a mild interest in ballet. He didn’t enjoy having to attend functions with her and was reluctant to converse with strangers on topics in which He was uninformed.
That all changed when He was seated next to Julie Kent at a reception. He enjoyed the conversation and the fear of this mysterious art form slowly lifted. She was a real person who just happened to dance on her toes. That meeting peaked his interest and caused him to attend more performances and he was drawn in as he became familiar with more of the dancers.
At that same time, the ABT® Studio Company was touring and he was given permission to photograph their performances. It was great traveling with these kids and the experience provided the necessary time to develop the skill required to shoot fast movement mostly in low light. After two years He was invited to photograph the main company, which led to other requests for similar work.
Although He’s the Staff Photographer for American Ballet Theatre, He does work for many companies including Boston Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet. His images are regularly published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and all the major dance publications both here and abroad.
EMMA TOWN BALLERINA
Gene Schiavone, ABT Staff Photographer, Studios in Essex, CT & Naples, FL. Other clients include Boston Ballet, Rockettes, Mariinsky and Bolshoi.
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