Over the last year, photographer Omar Robles has spent most of his time capturing ballet dancers in rather unusual urban environments, with his latest project taking us to the streets of Cuba.
“Their [ballet companies’] dancers are just some of the best dancers in the world,” says Robles. “Perhaps it is because movement and rhythm runs in their afro-caribbean blood, but most likely it is due to the Russian school of training which is part of their heritage.”
The Cuban setting provides not only a colorful background but also highlights country’s current problems: “Cubans struggle incessantly to stay afloat. Yet much like the ballet dancers, they strive with a resilience and elegance that I’ve never seen before. This is exactly why Cuban ballet dancers have always been so great and through so many generations. Endurance simply resides in their blood.”