ARTIST SERIES

Three 2nd Class Girls Backstage
6th Class Boys
Snezhana Backstage
Final Cut
Yana Backstage
Katya
Backstage at the Marinsky Theater
Ilya
Sasha
1st Class Boys #16
2nd Class Girls #6
Yana and Yulia Backstage
Arina
Lunch
Alexander
1st Class Boys #12
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Two 2nd Class Boys
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Ilya Backstage
Ilya in Mirror
Svyatoslave Backstage
Untitled
Exhibition Image
Exhibition Image Two
Exhibition Image Three

Desperately Perfect focuses upon students at the renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. From the age of ten until eighteen; twelve hours a day; six days a week; on the barre or in the classroom; students of this school spend the majority of their youth in fierce competition with one another. In their hope for fame, fortune, and a better life, these adolescents strive for a level of perfection that seems always just out of reach.

Rachel Papo, inspired by her own memories of nine years of ballet classes as a child, emphasizes the emotional side of these children’s experience.

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