Ballerina Alicia Alonso executing a pas de bourrée at the American Ballet Theatre, December, 1943. LIFE, January 1, 1944. Photograph by Gjon Mili.
The different phases of the pas de bourrée, its deconstruction in the style of Italian Futurism, demonstrated technology put to use in documenting pure artistic creation. These avant-garde images strengthened the commitment of photographers like Mili to reinterpreting and rethinking their art.