Monday, January 4, 2010

Gene Marshall: Pas de Deux, Pt. 1

What a beautiful classic in the simple yet elegant way that it drapes around its subject, Gene Marshall. José Ferrand showed his ability to evoke the 1948 era from which this dress is supposed to hail. The fabric has just the proper amount of irridescence to keep it from looking cheap or like a costume. Well done, José! For this particular shot, I placed Gene in the lobby of the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. From the story card:

Society was all agog—the New York City Ballet was about to debut! Dance aficionados from around the world had gathered to witness the opening night program: Serenade, Orpheus, and Symphony in C—all choreographed by the incomparable George Balanchine.

No one was more excited than Gene Marshall. As a little girl in Cos Cob, she had teetered for a while between becoming a famous actress or becoming a prima ballerina. Both professions were perfect outlets for her artistic talents—but, even though she spent many a year practicing at the barre, Thespis won out over Terpsichore and the world was blessed with her acting gift.

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