“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” (Martha Grahm). Dance is an art that can communicate something beyond any language. Unlike writing and word it does not depend on a predefined language.

Dance, such as music and photography, is one of those arts that we can call “universal”. Anyone in the world has the ability to observe and understand a photograph, of course, will take on different meanings based on the culture of those who observe it, but everyone will be able to understand the content.

Dancing and photography today find their union in a single art. There are many artists who focus their research on ballet performances, curious about those perfect lines and above all the movement of them. Being able to represent the movement is a true challenge for current photographers.

It has also happened to me being engaged in dance essays, and I can say in all sincerity that it is by no means easy. The main difficulty is certainly the light. Often the lights of a stage do not interact optimally with our camera. Most of the times, darker atmospheres are created that do not agree much with our goal, but thanks to good post-production work, it is possible to rework and obtain excellent results.

The second difficulty lies precisely in the representation of the movement. The photographer taking photos of dancers must first have a great intuition and must be able to anticipate each gesture, only in this way will it be possible to capture those unique moments that last only a few seconds. The photographer must first know what he is taking, observing the choreographies carefully, if possible even during the trial. The same thing applies to posing photos. In most choreography there are short stasis moments, created especially for creating visible dynamics in the eye of the spectator. A good photographer must be able to capture these moments.

Dance and photography have a great ability to express themselves, especially if they collaborate in creating a single message.

With this article, I would like to thank the staff of the Danzarte ASD School in Cislago for having chosen to recall this year’s essay “Traveling Colors”.