Evocative backstage perspective on life in the Russian ballet

Based in St. Petersburg, Darian Volkova is a Russian ballerina who has combined her love of dance and her passion for photography with an exciting and evocative array of pictures showcasing the world of ballet from a backstage vantage point.

“Ballet is my native environment so I can show this world as the dancer see it,”

Working as a freelance dancer throughout Europe, her photographer husband encouraged her to take advantage of her experiences, capturing prima ballerinas of the Mariinsky, Bolshoi, Mikhailovsky and other theaters, and she now exhibits and sells her work as well.


Darian also studies the history of ballet photography, gives lectures, and runs workshops for aspiring ballet photographers.

More of her work can be seen on Facebook, Instagram, and her own website.

Sources: Photogrist

All images by Darian Volkova

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