Anna Pavlova Ballet Photo Contest Exhibition in the Hague

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Anna Pavlova Ballet Photo Contest opened its first exhibition in The Hague.

The Arts gallery of the Embassy of Albania to the Kingdom of The Netherlands has become its first Dutch home thanks to the hospitality and priceless support of the Ambassador Her Excellency Adia Sakiqi and our collaboration with Altin Kaftira, Het National Ballet photographer and creative video maker, the Contest Juror and Anna Pavlova Network partner in The Netherlands. The exhibition in The Hague includes a series of his wonderful portraits of Megan Zimny Kaftira, Dutch National Ballet soloist who not only was present at the opening but also took part in the preparation of the exhibition.

Many guests have joined us for this event devoted to ballet photography. We were happy to see all of them!

Han Balk, our Magic on Stage Category winner, always makes an active part in all Anna Pavlova Network projects and this time we had a wonderful opportunity to greet him personally.

Our  collaborator and friend from Brussels Alina Konstantinova joined us for the inauguration. She is the mother of Alisa Uzunova, a very talented young dancer who takes part in our artistic initiatives as a model and dancer. We are sure that there will be  many new wonderful cultural projects realised with Alina and we will bring our exhibitions and other activities to Brussels, too.

The visit of Maestro Anderson Santana of Brussels International Ballet School has become a great honor for us. He came together with Madam Isabelle Vandenberghe and that surely became a very significant meeting for us and the beginning of a new fruitful international collaboration both for Anna Pavlova Network and ACSI Danza, our partners in Italy. Nunzio Striano of ACSI was present in the Hague and we thank him for his priceless assistance in the organisation of the event.

We also would like to thank Madam Ianina Cozari of Cozaripress who found time to be with us at the Opening. We hope she enjoyed the exhibition and also we hope to create new occasions to invite her in the future.

Madam Xhulyeta Keko, the Ambassador’s assistant was there to support us and help us and we thank her for being part of this extremely warm reception that we enjoyed in the Hague.

Antonio Azzurro, an Italian photographer who represented Anna Pavlova Network and supported us in a very important and crucial process of preparation and holding of the ceremony has been really  impressed by all the friendship, hospitality, understanding and professionalism that he found in all our collaborators in The Netherlands. Everybody who helped with the exhibition, all the guests, dancers of Het National Ballet Priscylla Gallo and Daniel Montero who took part in his ballet shooting in Amsterdam – all these people will always remain in our hearts as a perfect example of how international artistic partnership should be.

This article’s format doesn’t let us to list everybody but but we are grateful to every and each one of you, our best Dutch friends!
































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Anna Pavlova Ballet Photo Contest 2016 Inauguaration in Rome

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The 14th of September 2016 is a very important day for the Anna Pavlova Network – we have opened the exhibition of The First International Ballet Photo Contest in Rome, at the Officine Fotografiche. The road to realisation of this dream has been long and difficult but it came true with the help of our beautiful friends and cooperators. It has become a living proof of how powerful collaborations among artists and creative people can be.


We all divide the same passion for dance and cherish the art of photographers who work selflessly to express the beauty of it through their images. The opening of the exhibition was meant to demonstrate how dance and photography perfectly go together. The photos on the walls have become an inspirational environment for the dancers whose bodies were moving to the sounds of music, and our guests have had an opportunity to admire both photography and dance in the immediate closeness to the show. The idea was to celebrate the art both of those who dance and  who dedicate their lives to “catching” dance in still images. It has been realised thanks to the efforts of our partners of, Rome and ACSI Ballet, Naples.

Madam Teresita del Vecchio has taken a very important part in the organisation of the event, being a real “guarding angel” for us in Rome. She gathered several Roman choreographers under the roof  of the Officine Fotografiche. Tiziano di Muzio, Rossana Longo, Daniel Pace, Mirko Boemi, Gisella Biondo, Stefano D’Aniello and their young dancers have realised some outstanding and touching peaces of choreography that created a special mood of the event.









Maestro Dino Carano has brought his choreography Memories passionately performed  by Federica Gaia Colucci who  collaborated with Anna Pavlova Network as a model  for international ballet photo shootings before and we hope will work with us in the future.




The presence of Alisa Valerieva Uzunova at the event and her performance for the guests have become a real gift! Our collaboration with this outstandingly gifted young dancer is very important to us. Alisa is the protagonist of Irina Mattioli’s International Ballet Photo Project that has been realised together with Anna Pavlova Network in Saint Petersburg and Rome. Other locations are on the way!



Speaking of the Opening, we have been happy to see so many of our friends, partners and Contest participants celebrating together! Some of them have come from other countries, as Photographer Baki (Corea) and Bożena Pazgan (Poland) and we really appreciate their support and friendship. It is great that some ideas of collaborations and future projects with these artists have been born during their visit!



Italy has been widely represented among our special guests. To begin with, the Winner of the Contest is Irina Mattioli and it is so great that  the first exhibition has taken place in the city where this young talented photographer lives and works! One of the Contest jurors an outstanding Italian ballet photographer Pierluigi Abbondanza has taken part in the inauguration. Movement and Passion category winner Luca Di Bartolo,  the Contest finalists and Special Mentions Federica Capo, Roberto Casasola of Ballerina Art, Massimiliano Fusco of Ballet in Rome have been present at the opening and it has been so exciting to see them and congratulate them personally. Antonio Azzurro is not only one of the finalists 2016 but also a very active member of Anna Pavlova Network who always supports our new initiatives and projects. This time he has taken an important part in the organisation of the exhibition and worked as the official photographer of the ceremony.  Special thanks from the Anna Pavlova Network go to Nunzio Striano of ACSI Napoli Executive and Carlo Alessandro Argenzio, film director and video maker who came  to support us in such an important moment and have become an irreplaceable part of the team!







When your media partner is Danzaeffebi it is a great honour but also a great responsibility! Seeing Madam Francesca Bernabini, a very well known and influential Italian dance journalist at our first Roman event is a real acknowledgment of our efforts and we are veery grateful for it.


Unfortunately our friends from Moscow Ballet Maniacs haven’t been able to visit Rome in these days but they have taken part by sending a gift to the winner Irina Mattioli and presenting their beautiful promo video to the guests. Riccardo Mangiarotti of Panatronics Srl is our technical partner and we really appreciate that he came all the way from Milan to be at the opening. We also thank Riccardo De Santis of SmartSystem, Fano for being present as one of our guests and technical supporters of the event and bringing their gimbals distributed by Panatronics.


It is quite hard to list everybody who contributed to our work and all of them are important and appreciated. Finishing this article, we would like to bring our special thanks to Emilio D’Itri, Elena Giorgieri and Annalisa Polli of the Officine Fotografiche Roma – a special place that will always remain in our hearts as the first “home” of our very first Anna Pavlova Ballet Photo Contest Exhibition in Rome!


Anna Pavlova Network, all rights reserved. Photos by: Antonio Azzurro Photography.


The program of Exhibition 2016 at the Officine Fotografiche Roma

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Choreography by Alisa Valerieva Uzunova

Dancer: Alisa Valerieva Uzunova



Choreography by Dino Carano

Dancers: Mara Carano and Nicola Assalto



Choreography by Tiziano Di Muzio

Dancers: TDM Dance Group/Elena Fogliano, Elisa Fusco



Choreography by Holta Bitri

Dancer: Devis Masini



Choreography by Stefano D’Aniello

Dancers: Stefano D’Aniello and Mattia Trematerra



Choreography by Gisella Biondo

Dancer: Claudia Bombacigno



Choreography by Mirko Boemi

Dancer: Alessandro Saputo



Choreography by Daniel Pace

Dancer: Daniel Pace



Choreography by Rossana  Longo

Dancers: Sofia Scacciafratte and Sofia Zambotto


Special thanks to Madam Teresita del Vecchio, Maestro Dino Carano and Maestro Emilio D’Itri  for making this possible .


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Photographer of the Month. With Ballet Insider

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Our partner Ballet Insider announced the Photographer of the Month results of May 2016!

The first Place ZAIRE KACZ

Zaire Kacz Rome Paolo



Photographer ogf the month. BAKI



Rimbaud Patron4


Honorable Mention ZAIRE KACZ

Zaire Kacz Acquedotti


We remind you that Ballet Insider Editors choose photographers of the month among all the publications made on Anna Pavlova Ballet Photography Contest official page in Facebook.

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