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Marcin Kupinski

Photography Morgan Norman Words Alicia Nilsson

Coat Sidenkompaniet. Shorts CDLP.

Denim Adnym Atelier

Speedos CDLP

Leather pants BLK DNM

Ballet dancer Marcin Kupinski was born and raised in Gdynia near Gdańsk in Poland. In 2002, he joined the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen becoming a principal dancer in 2011.

How was the shoot?

— Really fun. The whole team was on top of their toes and there was a great atmosphere in the room. Morgan is a great and really cool photographer. He allows you to be free and to be yourself, which leads to unexpected new creations.

How was it to be dressed like you was?

— It was fine. I have no restrictions when it comes to performing and fashion, but this style I particularly liked because it was both loose and elegant.

What was the message and story behind the poses you did?

— The movement and poses were very freestyler, it sort of happened at the spot, but the theme behind it was masculinity and movement, says Kupinski.

What is masculinity according to you?

— I think being masculine is not just big muscles, confidence and strength but also allowing weaknesses to appear where we can grow and be better. Masculinity is also showing your vulnerability, care for others, respect to others and being open and tolerant to everyone’s opinion because we might always learn something new.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

— From many places. All kinds of performers, singers, musicians, actors, and even scientists. Basically, great artists and personalities that are wise and good human beings.

What does it mean to be a male dancer in your profession?

— I think it’s important, it takes a lot of strength and discipline. Movement is life so it’s very healthy for mind, soul and condition, but you have to dedicate a lot of time to it, meaning not that much time for socializing and other things, he says.

What connection can you see between fashion and ballet?

— I think there should be more fashion involved in ballets we create these days. By that we could connect today’s trends into stories we tell on stage which are always relevant to our everyday’s life.