The Schaubühne in Berlin is one of the leading German-language theaters. Six internationally acclaimed photographers of our time occupied themselves artistically with the Schaubühne’s ensemble of actors.

282 Gymnasts

Oliver Kröning

During the World Championship of 2015, Oliver Kröning photographed 282 gymnasts from fifty-eight countries, outside of their usual surroundings, in front of a stylized background emphasizing the charisma of each individual gymnast. The classical photography is refracted in digital reproductions of the gymnasts during their free program. They show how rhythmic sport gymnastics is often perceived: This sport receives limited attention and depends on live transmissions on the Internet. The athletes, however, live for the details: for grace, passion, and control. They strive for the perfect free program, the reward for many years of hard training and unconditional dedication to this sport.

The portraits brought together in the book form a cross-section that reflects the “diversity and similarity” of the athletes. And, nevertheless, each athlete represents a personal journey of her own. Similarity becomes individuality.


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"282 Gymnasts"

November 2016

ISBN 978-3-7356-0304-3

23 x 30 cm

176 Pages

117 colored illustrations

Hardcover with clothbound

and titleplate

Languages: German, English

Studio Orel
Design by
Studio Orel, Maximilian Semmler