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  • About the work
The starting point of this project starts with a quest within the representation of dance and its origins inside the Russian Ballet. Therefore, Andrea moved to the heart of classsical theater: the Mikhailovsky Theater in Saint Petersburg. The Mikhailovsky ballet is formed by a one hundred percent Russian body. Dancers, masters, artisans, everyone inside the theater is Russian. Nacho Duato is the first foreign artist to direct this ballet. In this classical world of ballets like Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and so on Nacho has bravely introduced contemporary choreographies such as Duende, Nunc Dimitis and the reinterpretation of the classical Sleeping Beauty, considered to be the cradle of Ballet. Nacho opened to the artist the door of the Mikhailovsky Theater to photograph this performing world from its heart. For months, Andrea Santolaya has literally lived and slept sharing showers and canteen inside the residential area for dancers within the theater, in order to be able to photograph the most unseen and secret corners of this theater. She has documented the daily life of one of the most ancient theaters in the world with the most demanding dance troupe that exists.

She has published the Making of “Looking for Felipe Sandoval”, T. Editions, “Manolo Valdés. Sixteen Sculptures in New York” with TF Editions, “Around” with La Oficina Editions and “Manolo Valdes. Botanical Garden in New York" with La Fabrica Editions. This book earned the 1st Prize for best art publication 2014 by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Spain.

About the Artist

1982 , Spain

Andrea Santolaya (b. Madrid, 1982) earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York where she also worked for Manolo Valdes photographing his monumental sculptures in NYC. Previously, she photographed the Making of the film “The Honour of the Wronged” by artist Carlos García-Alix.

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Madrid, San Lucas 9

MONDO GALERIA is a contemporary art gallery centered on photography and design. Located in the heart of Madrid, is located in the emerging neighborhood Justice (Chueca, Alonso Martínez), in calle San Lucas No. 9. MONDO GALERIA was born from the union of two successful projects under one same artistic direction: Mondo Gráfico-diseño inteligente and Galle...

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