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rachardwolf: Session with Nardia of The Washington Ballet. Dancer: Nardia Boodoo Instagram: Narstarr Photographer: Rachard Wolf Instagram: RachardWolf

Ballerinas are one of the ultimate symbols of grace, elegance, femininity and beauty in my eyes. If I could photograph just one thing, I would choose the ballerina.

As a young woman, Francesca Woodman Photographed herself obsessively but often she appears as a blur of movement or a half-hidden figure, someone constantly trying to escape or hide. The end result is not self-portraiture, but a series of stills from a continuous performance in which she plays with the notion of the self, disguising, transforming and defacing her own body.

Courtney Henry in Writing Ground. LINES Ballet. © RJ Muna, 2013. Writing Ground was commissioned by Jean-Christophe Maillot, Artistic Director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, in 2010, the year in which the ballet had its world premiere in Monaco. Alonzo King drew his inspiration for the work from the writings of Colum McCann, Irish-born American author of international acclaim.