Svan at Friedhof Ohlsdorf | Hamburg

Shooting in a cemetery? I know what you think…


The Friedhof Ohlsdorf, located in the north of Hamburg, is an active cemetery. Since its beginning over 1,4 million burials, about 5000 every year. So why in god’s name a ballet shooting […]

Lara at Botanischer Garten | Hamburg

That was awesome! But let’s get started right at the beginning…


Lara wrote me a year ago and asked for a shooting, no question what my answer was. Long story short: we finally made it! Our first location selection was pretty […]

Alice at MS Artville | Hamburg

Once a year, there’s a small but growing festival in the outskirts of Hamburg: The MS Dockville festival. Located outside of Wilhelmsburg using a wide area of wild space it’s not only a music festival for one weekend, […]

Sofie at Falkensteiner Ufer | Hamburg

Finally, a shooting! First one this year in july, shame on me, but sometimes things just won’t match, no matter how hard you try. One of the biggest rules at urban ballet is “no stress, let’s have fun!”, so things […]

Here we go again!

Liebe Tänzer, liebe Freunde,

vieles hat sich die letzten Jahre getan, und manches wird sich in nächster Zeit ändern. Ich habe die Tage zwischen den Jahren (und etwas darüber hinaus) damit verbracht, mir intensiv Gedanken über den weiteren Weg dieses Projekts […]

Maribel at Planten un Bloomen | Hamburg

Maribel wrote me on Facebook because she had seen the pictures of her friend Anna-Maria and was interested in joining the project. She sent me some pictures of her dancing and a short […]

Vivian at Wilhelmsburger Inselpark | Hamburg

I met with Vivian at the trainstation in Wilhelmsburg, just a few steps ahead of the park. The park itself was part of the IGS in 2013, and the city of Hamburg paid 70 million euros just for its construction […]

Adrienne at Hayns Park | Hamburg

We were lucky enough to catch one of the last summer days for a shooting we both wanted for so long. But as things happen, it took us almost two years to get it done. Our location was at the […]

Ethic statement

Ethic statement

This posts reflects my personal opinion and point of view, not those of the dancers or any other person involved in this project. It’s meant to be a help of understanding what this project is about, why it all […]

Asja at Hetlinger Schanze | Hamburg

We survived!

That may describe our shooting best. It all started that it took us double the time to get to the location, thanks to some traffic jam. Two hours later a ship came in that fast that its wave flooded […]

Merle at Stiftung Hamburg Maritim | Hamburg

Living in Hamburg also means living by the water. With the Elbe in reach most hanseatic people just love to hang around the beach on hot days, watching the ships go by bringing goods from all over the world. It’s […]

Anna-Maria at Wohlerspark | Hamburg

It was a long way till I found finally a date for a shooting with Anna-Maria. She was injured, I had no time, but after almost one year we made it. And I was more than happy she agreed to […]

Lina at Fanø | Denmark

There‘s a saying: Third time is a charm. I already had two wonderfull shootings with Lina, but this one wasn‘t really planed at all. Whenever I can I try to involve my dancers or models into my commercial projects as […]

Fiona & Jamie at Stadtpark | Hamburg

So this time it had to be the central park. First thing you may notice there is how hughe it is, wide open areas but also secret places you can be for yourself. And don’t forget about one of europe’s […]

Svitlana at Neustadt | Hamburg

Some may have noticed that the weather is kind of a big deal for us. Well, if it’s sunny and stable, it’s not, but specially in months like april it’s a real pain in the butt. Sun, clouds, rain, sun […]

urban ballet – The video


Music: Roger Subirana
Choreographer / Dancer: Lara Hahnel

Anncathrin at Harbour City | Hamburg

Spring is here, whoohoo. Or at least it was for one day. Lucky us we chose the only sunny and warm day within the whole week for our shooting, karma rules!

Generally I don’t shoot a location twice, but the new […]

Stephanie at Bunker Steintorwall | Hamburg

Four weeks ago I saw a tv documentation about bunkers in Berlin, wondering if there’s something similar in Hamburg. Few minutes of web search later I found the homepage of Hamburger Unterwelten e.V. which is managed […]

Lina at U4 | Hamburg

First shooting of the year started with a big bang! Great location, great dancer, but one at a time.

The city of Hamburg has built a new subway line to make the new harbour city more accessable to people working and […]

Kira at Planten un Bloomen | Hamburg

Few weeks ago I had the pleasure to meet with Kira at Planten un Bloomen, maybe the most famous park in Hamburg. Known for its rich vegetation and wide, open space it attracts a lot of people every day, especially […]

Britta at Elbe | Hamburg

Although it’s getting colder every day this ain’t a bar for some people to shoot outside, and least of all for dancers. So I found myself on a cloudy day at the Elbe with Britta, and it was worth every […]

Eva at Altona Balcony | Hamburg

At the end of the week I met with Eva at the Altona Balcony. Known for its beautiful sight above the harbour it’s a nice spot to take the dog out or just relax on the green. Arguing a lot […]

Sina at DOM | Hamburg

The DOM in Hamburg is that kind of fair you’re wondering more if it’s closed than open. Coming four times a year to our city there are only two sorts of people: Those who like it and those who don’t. […]

Christelle at Dockland | Hamburg

Especially in Hamburg it’s very hard to plan a shooting as long as you depend on the weather. Forecasts are mostly wrong or imprecise, even a look at the clouds won’t tell you the truth. Even better if you’re the […]

Lara at Gängeviertel | Hamburg

Lara was introduced to me by Suska. Although small at age she’s hughe at talent, no wonder we had a great afternoon experiencing every place and corner around us.

The Gängeviertel is known to most people because of its history as […]

Lina at Blankenese | Hamburg

After a very long and cold winter we finally found the time and the conditions for a new shooting. But nobody expected the temperature to rise that much within just a few days. So I found myself on one of […]

Lisa at Hammerbrook | Hamburg

Lisa was introduced to me by Djamila with the words “she’s amazing, you really have to shoot her”. So we got in touch and right after her last exam we met at Hammerbrook. This part of the city is a […]

Suska & Musti at Reeperbahn | Hamburg

When I got Suska’s call I was not really in the mood for a shooting. It was raining like hell outside and I was looking forward to a snugly evening with a good movie and a hot cup of tea. […]

Mariana & Marcell at Landungsbrücken | Hamburg

This shooting was something I was beginning of not expecting it to happen any more. I had two or three dates with Marcell and every time something came in between: I had to work, he had to work, one of […]

Merle at Karoviertel | Hamburg

Although it’s getting colder every day some girls are simply too hot to freeze. And Merle has really running lava through her veins. Choosing between two spots we give the neighborhood a try and walked through the beautiful Karoviertel. Stamped […]

Christine at Flora Park | Hamburg

Though the Hamburg weather forecast seems to be more gambling than science I gave it a try and met Christine last week at the Flora Park. Located in Hamburg’s Schanzenviertel it has grown from a lower class district to one […]

Petra at New Harbour City | Hamburg

Sometimes things just flow without any needs to push them. I made this experience once again with Petra last week as we decided to shoot on a sunny monday afternoon. Maybe it was the right time, maybe two minds complementing […]

Djamila at the Ditch | Hamburg

Enjoying the last sunny days of summer I had the pleasure to shoot at an amazing spot with an even more amazing dancer. Djamila, though young at age, lives the spirit like only a few else. Our location is a […]

Annika & Esther at Peute | Hamburg

Asking myself what I should do with my unexpected day off (some call it weekend) I called my girls known for the special jobs. After a quick briefing Annika & Esther agreed for a session on the next day. So […]

Julia at Kaifu jungle | Hamburg

Picking one of this summer’s first sunny days I was surprised how many people are around at a monday afternoon. Seem like everybody planed to spend the holidays on their balcony or at the park. But after the first frustrating […]

Esther at harbour city | Hamburg

The weather this summer is changing very quickly, so it was quite a challenge for Esther and me this monday as we decided to shoot outside. Not even the temperature was changing within minutes (including our dresscode), clouds appeared and […]

Suska at Altona Balcony | Hamburg

Last saturday the city was dominated by a heatwave that hasn’t been seen for years. But instead of cooling down by the sea I called Suska and talked her into a outdoor shooting. Luckily she didn’t know what was coming […]

Annika & Sebastian at City Nord | Hamburg

I had the pleasure to work for an entire day with Annika & Batte. By accident choosing one of spring’s hottest days we decided to walk around the north of the city and try some spots out. Batte as a […]