Theater & art

Finding grace, frozen in time

Ashley Ellis, soloist.
Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff
Ashley Ellis, soloist.

Essdras M Suarez remembers the very first day he photographed dancers. “I fell in love immediately with it,” he says. “Dancers look great, even at a standstill. They’re like sports cars. When they move, they look even better. They’re so graceful, they’re such athletes, the lines are perfect from an aesthetic point of view.” As a Globe staff photographer, Suarez has shot Boston Ballet many times. In performance, he’s always looking for a clean composition — a pirouette or grand jete, that single moment when a dancer freezes time, suspended in midair. For this studio shoot, he came with no preconceived ideas. And luck was with him: The photo on Page 1 of this section was the first jump principal dancer Jeffrey Cirio tried. “He was perfectly framed between the dancers, everything was right. We tried to repeat that 10 times, and none worked as well,” Suarez says. Here are a few striking images from that portfolio.


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