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the dancer and the wolf

This picture is as a metaphoric representation of the journey of a former Royal Ballerina and how time is fleeting and age is the vessel to which we all must travel.

The statue on the left of the dancer represents the time-honoured institution of professional Ballet but though these traditions are time honoured they are also unforgiving, where only the best and fittest survive.

The cracks and the aging of the traditional statue represents the passing of time for our Ballerina.

While on the right of the Ballerina the dark and unforgiving Forrest looms as her unknown future and where a lone wolf awaits to possibly devour her.

This loan wolf represents the venerability of our Ballerina.

But for our Ballerina who has dedicated most of her life to dancing in her heart she will dance for ever and this is represented by her dancing under the moon in the dead of the night in the bitter cold.

about our dancer

The performer in this work is Kimberly Francis, this work is dedicated to a special artist and performer, this is Kimberly's story.

A graduate of the Royal Ballet School (London) and former professional dancer with the Royal and Birmingham Royal Ballet Companies, Kimberly has a vast amount of professional performing experience both locally and internationally. An experienced choreographer of both neo-classical and contemporary works for the Melbourne Ballet Company as well as for several independent local and international dance companies, she now focuses her attention to providing performance coaching for elite dancers and figure skaters.  

Kimberly is an award-winning Grade 8 AMEB classical flautist, drummer, composer, lyricist and lighting technician for both music and dance events.

An artists as well as a performer Kimberly is currently working on a short dance film in support of cancer research, she is part of a worldwide collective of dancers affected by cancer. 

Kimberly's outfit is by Marie from Marquisde Sade. Marie introduced me to Kimberly. Thank you Marie.

This work has received a Silver Distinction in AIPP National Awards 2018. Merit Award at the Sydney International Exhibition of Photography 2018 and a Highly Commended at the UK, The Society of Photographers 2018.