With used costumes of previous ballet and opera performances, photographer and former dancer Alexander van Keulen did not only give these costumes a new life and a new story to tell, he also used his fairylike and romantic style to capture negative emotions and the magic around ballet. Only this time, not on stage.
For this exhibition, curator Marian Duff of OSCAM connects the talented photographer Alexander van Keulen with the Bijlmer. The exhibition consists of 14 photographs, with a number of faces from the Bijlmer and costumes from the depot of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The costumes were made in the costume department of Dutch National Opera & Ballet at the Waterlooplein. They have had roles in different operas and ballets, but now have new and different roles.
Photographer: Alexander van Keulen
Stylist: Dieudonnee Bouwman
Make-up artists: Beau Hoogerwerf and Charlotte van Beusekom
Models: Alberto Villanueva, Brian Juan-Pedro, Divani Holband, Hayden Peyrard, Jet Zandbergen and Noah van de Biezen
Retoucher: Marco Verna
Videographer: Eric Zwiers
Production and text: Charmaine Wartes
Production assistants: Layla van Rossum and Sophie van Bijleveld
Special thanks: Marian Duff, Richard Soesanna, Noukhey Forster, Louisanne van Hooff and Yves Saïdi
Powered by: MAFB, Gemeente Amsterdam, CEC, OSCAM Café, Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam Museum, OBA Hotspot Ganzenhoef and advice organisation B&A Group