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2022 - 2023, Sofia Opera and Ballet, Bulgaria


The project Prima is a deep and emotional portrait of the art of ballet, which documents in a raw and authentic way its grace and sublimity. The project reveals the dedication and hard work behind the exquisite world of ballet. Decades of practice and endless endurance are the path to perfection on stage, but often the effort remains hidden from the audience.

The title of the project is inspired by the outstanding Bulgarian prima ballerina Marta Petkova, who is somehow immortalised through this impressive visual storytelling.

Prima aims to promote an attitude towards ballet by using the language of photography. Its main goal is to reach the young audience and to inspire a new generation of talents. Presenting a unique kind of exhibition in the opera building itself, Dimitri Stefanov wants to bring the audience closer to the world of ballet, as well as to be an ambassador of the beauty and grace of classical dance. Last but nor least, Dimitri Stefanov wants to express his attitude and support towards the Sofia Opera and Ballet with the belief and the pride that it is an emblem of national culture and an institution of international importance and recognition.


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