WATERDANCE by Howard Schatz

WATERDANCE

Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Ballet dancers jump, leap, and spin, striving to free their bodies of gravity's bondsbut their weightlessness is only an illusion. Photographer Schatz had a better idea: He took some dancers underwater and captured them on film in a dreamlike aquatic ballet that never touches the floor. Bodies entwine and arch and soar upside-down, their reflected images wriggling above them on the surface of the pool. The dancers' mostly nude figures express a satyrlike exultance in the new possibilities of movement, and yet, frozen in the camera's eye, they have the exotic stillness of figures painted on a Greek vase. Schatz (whose books include Seeing Red: The Rapture of Redheads) is clearly entranced with the body in all its phases; he is now working on books of photos of pregnant women and of newborn babies.

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 1995
ISBN: 3-85709-455-9
Page count: 176pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1995