7th Salsa Festival : From the first practice till the last act, a performer’s life follows so many steps, meets so many different and powerful emotions.
It is often a struggle for her/him to reach the dreams that were once created by luck or persuasion, a constant battle of the mind to control the worn-out body. A theme that I always find particularly interesting so that I remain as much as I can next to the performer, before and after the training, the act.
This time I followed for two days a friend who, luckily for me, happened to participate in the 7th Salsa festival, at Loutraki, Greece. Beside the very well respected international participants, lots of amateur dancers could also join a number of different courses and seminars that were held at each of the four stages.
Nevertheless, my focus was primarily on my friend’s preparation, mental and physical. She was not just a dancer; every little detail of her act was her own responsibility. The dress, the make-up, the music, the lights, the choreography. There were moments that you could tell her agony, even if you did not know her as well as I. But all these moments were forgotten, forgiven, upon the act and especially after, when the applause and the acclaim made the tears matter.
About Siryo Náve
Born in 1985 in Athens, Greece. His current home, after a seven year period abroad. Always on the edge of a new project, a new destination, he sometimes whispers: “Is it that my life is a journey or that the journey is my life…?” Most of all he enjoys people, having meaningful conversations, sharing their stories through photographs or writing, sometimes both.
Photography as a profession is a dream that has very recently come true. This is his second publication with respect to photography. His first novel is about to be published. [Official Website]