Images by Mikael Kennedy.
ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Embellished Belt-Back Blouse / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Shimmer Cropped Skinny Jeans / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Suede Lace-Up Boots
Izabela Szylinska and Shane Ohmer perform Ritornare.
Photographed by Mikael Kennedy / Hair by Jennifer Brent / Makeup by Colby Smith. Ritornare Composed by Ludovico Einaudi Published by G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o Chester Music Ltd. (PRS)
It’s these considerations, that make the company’s performances, like Ritornare (rehearsed on set at our shoot and performed over the summer at The Joyce Theater) stand out. “I am fascinated by the way the body moves,” Emery says. “Individuals translate emotion differently with various movements and energy. People come to see a live performance because they want to connect to something real.” Ritornare is a subtle, simple piece that makes you feel like you’re part of it. The duet between dancers Shane Ohmer and Izabela Szylinska—they could be you. “The way that Shane and Izabela listen and respond to each other in Ritornare, it’s very sensitive and honest. They each carry a responsibility to support each other in the relationship. When they are performing it’s almost like you are constantly waiting for what will happen next,” says Emery of the duo she brought together.
Wearing the Ann Demeulemeester Fall ’15 collection, the dancers embody the moody and muted tones, powerful clean lines, and technically advanced fabrications—including stretch leather pants that fit like second skin and allow for movement ranging from delicate to gymnastic, set to composer Ludovico Einaudi’s pensive piano meditation.“Working as a professional dancer is challenging. There is always the responsibility to maintain your facility and to keep training. Ballet class, conditioning, physical therapy, massage, and other upkeep is important in being able to perform and demonstrate at a top level. The main challenge for me right now as a choreographer is continuing to receive commissions for my work and create opportunities for the talented dancers in my company.”
ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Crisscrossed-Back Sleeveless Gown / AURÉLIE BIDERMANN Esteban Cuff
“To be commissioned for American Ballet Theater or New York City Ballet has always been a dream of mine. Working with a visionary composer on an original piece, and fashion designers who want to collaborate on future projects…The list is long. To get to see these dancers continue to develop and to influence and inform my work is a gift. The art form is very fragile and fleeting, so I would be lucky if I am still able to be dancing, choreographing, and creating new work as much as I am right now in 10 years or more.”
“I had originally performed Ritornare with Shane, but I couldn’t articulate the dance vocabulary the same way I choreographed it in my mind. Hiring dancers, you can step outside your head and see the vision come to life more clearly sometimes. For me, Shane has been a great partner to dance with for years. He’s grounded, yet has an ease about him. Izabela is better suited for Ritornare than I am. She’s lyrical and birdlike, like an otherworldly creature with an endless extension of line.”
ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Asymmetric Belted Trench Coat / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Rib-Knit Tank / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Asymmetric-Hem Crepe Midi Skirt / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Extended-Vamp Ankle Boots / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Brushed Twill Camp Shirt / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Ribbed Long Henley / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Leather Skinny Jeans / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Reversible Leather Vest