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Mary McCartney: Devoted

The Photographer and Director Sheds Light On Crazy Horse Dancers

The demanding rehearsals of dancers at famed Paris nightclub Crazy Horse are glimpsed in this impressionistic short by Mary McCartney. Taken from her new series, Devoted, the film is part of an ongoing exploration of the inner worlds of people who dedicate their bodies to their vocations. London-born McCartney, the sister of fashion designer Stella and daughter of musician Paul, has shot for titles including Harper’s Bazaar and Interview and has had solo exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and the Natural History Museum in London. For this personal project she has so far looked at the transformation of a Japanese geisha and The Royal Ballet corps, and plans to continue the investigation with athletes such as boxers and jockeys. Of her Parisian dancer subjects, McCartney says: “It’s that dedication and the intensity of their schedule. They are the crème de la crème—the Crazy Horse dancer is the pinnacle.” 

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