Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers

Lucy Gray (Photographer) Hilton Als (Foreword by)

Product Details

Princeton Architectural Press
Publish Date
March 10, 2015
6.5 X 0.7 X 8.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Lucy Gray is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Independent, Mother Jones, Dance Magazine, and, as well as in exhibitions and projects across the United States


"Stunning... Gray's ambitious project (all in all, a fourteen year study) succeeded in lending a sense of universality to a deeply specific subject, proving the possibility of thriving simultaneously in one's career and in motherhood. The message is timely, important, and could not have been expressed with more poignancy than in this striking book." -
"Beautiful." - San Jose Mercury News
"In Balancing Acts, Lucy Gray follows three ballerinas over the course of 14 years, as they raise their children while continuing to flourish in their demanding careers. The book is much more than a sentimental celebration. With its intimate photos and illuminating captions, Balancing Acts brings the reader into the nitty-gritty of the ballet world, in which, since the reign of choreographer George Balanchine, female dancers in America have feared that giving birth would end their performing lives." - San Francisco Chronicle
"We love this stunning collection of black and whites because it's so much more than a tribute to three amazing women-it's a model and emblem of hope for every woman who still believes they have a choice to make between success and motherhood. If there is one thing Balancing Acts teaches us, it's that the two often go hand-in-hand."
"A fascinating glimpse of the ordinary amidst the extraordinary." - Photographer's Forum
"In shimmering black-and-white, the photographs offer a rare behind-the-scenes look at the lives of professional dancers: they depict them not as impossibly graceful pirouetting fairy princesses, as they might appear on stage, but as fully human, responsible for changing diapers like the rest of us."
"Full of beautiful, touching and crazy adorable images."
"From ballet studios and stages to living rooms and delivery rooms, Balancing Acts is an unforgettable visual celebration of family, perseverance, and grace." -Goodreads