Zola Dubnikova is an international dance teacher and performer, trained extensively in contemporary dance forms and healing arts as well as Sufi tradition, Odissi Temple Dance Tradition, Mevlana whirling practices, Dances of the Silk Road, the gypsy trails and beyond.
I was thrilled to visit India – it was my first international booking and longest project. I was very excited because just a few months before I had come across one video about Zola and her work – I was hypnotized by her teachings, grace and beauty. I remember that in the same moment I thought to myself, ‘wow, this is a woman I would love to photograph.” – and somehow the dream came true!
A few weeks later, I packed my daughter, husband and second baby (my beloved Nikon camera, all of my lenses and, well, almost all of the equipment I own!). In the blink of an eye, (and with very heavy hand luggage), we found ourselves under the hot Indian sun!
…And yes – it was love at first sight!
Soon after my arrival, the chaos of Indian streets was replaced by the peace and serenity of the Temple where the training took place. Hidden in the shade of a big tamarind tree and filled with a soft natural light was our sanctuary within the international bohemian hub of Arambol, Goa.
25 beautiful women from all around of the world gathered to share in the unique practices of the Holistic Dance Language, a unique method developed by Zola after years of traveling, seeing, being and studying herself with masters across the globe.
We shared in passionate dance improvisations, talking circles, vocal practices, ritual choreography, and awareness exercises.
Moments of fire
Moments of peace
Moments of divine grace
Moments of sweetness
Moments of truth
I had chance to portrait dancing goddesses, authentic movements & Zola’s unique ritual creative process of teaching.
I captured the strength of softness.
Thank you 🙂