A short showreel of my dance film works
Film © Sam Asaert - 2017
Promotional film on the first creation of the McNicol Ballet Collective — a ballet creation entitled «The Fruits of Silence»
An artistic collaboration with renowned Hermes Ensemble. An evening of live contemporary Iranian music accompanied by poetic imagery.
Coming to de Singel in Antwerp, Belgium, on April 25th 2018.
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Photography © Sam Asaert - 2017
trailer for my new ballet film
Created in collaboration with choreographer Andrew McNicol.
A series of ballet-inspired photographs about the beauty within, beneath and out of sight...
...and the beauty that emerges out of attempts to shroud it.
Photographs © Sam Asaert - 2017
Portraits of the Ballet of Flanders' 2017 Choreolab Program choreographers.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Nancy Osbaldeston & Gary Lecoutre
Nini de Vet
Ballet dancer Alessandra Spada shot as though for a product catalogue.
Photography © Sam Asaert - 2015
Stop and pauze for a moment
Behold and reflect upon the static beauty
Dying movements leave in their wake
Experience the worlds of ballet as never before
Award winning ballet short film.
Film © Sam Asaert - 2013
Photoshoot with my dear friends and incredible dancers Virginia Hendricksen and Yevgeniy Kolesnyk.
Photographs © Sam Asaert - 2014
A series of 35mm photographs documenting the creation process of the 2013 Royal Ballet of Flanders' Coupe Maison program.
I've always loved shooting ballet on film, as it is the greatest test to a photographers ability to truly capture its essence with one exposure.
Photographs © Sam Asaert - 2013
Photographs for the La Sylphide production of the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.
Seasonal promotion film made for the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Photographs for the Swan Lake production of the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, featuring the incredible Katherine Higgins and Arne Vandervelde.
Photographs © Sam Asaert - 2012
Saint Petersburg, February 2013
A 35mm photo reportage on the legendary Russian Vanagova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg.
Students grab a quick pre-ballet class breakfast in the academy's cafeteria. Students that live too far to commute live in the academy's dormitory.
These bars have been graced by some of the legendary Russian ballet dancers-Pavlova, Balanchine, Baryshnikov, Nureyev, Lopatkina, a.o.
First year students warming up during ballet class.
Perfecting the arm positions.
Getting ready for those first pointe shoe classes.
Going on pointe for the first time - though many students have been practicing this outside of class for a long time.
Students watch attentively as their ballet teacher gives corrections on proper form.
Curious students follow the more advanced classes of the older students. A good opportunity to stretch those ballerina feet.
Third year students awaiting class on the raked studio floor.
Getting the demi-seconde arm position down.
Class practicing their jumping skills.
A student working on perfecting her arabesque.
A student arching her back into the extended leg during arabesque exercises.
The back of a third year Vaganova ballet student.
The class working on the attitude derriere.
Class practicing their developpé.
Attitude croise derriere.
Students, in their dorm room, recap before bedtime what they worked on in today's class.
it belongs to you
it beats for you
and screams for you
he gives it to you
honest and openly
take it please
it implores you to
because if you don't want it
neither does he
Film © Sam Asaert - 2012
Award-winning fiction-dance short film in collaboration with the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Film © Sam Asaert - 2009