Brenda Lee Grech

Festival Photographer

Hello, 

It has been a while since I last posted, which just means I have more images to share! Over the past (slightly more than a) month I have been busy attending dance performances, festivals, photocalls in addition to an important and sentimental event.

I am very happy to share that I have just finished working with the Birmingham International Dance Festival, photographing official images for the festival. Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) is an award-winning biennial festival presenting a vibrant programme of international dance in venues and public spaces across Birmingham throughout June. I had a great time photographing and watching so much high-quality dance, most of which was free! Here’s a collage of some of my favourites from the festival.

Images from  Birmingham International Dance Festival .

Images from Birmingham International Dance Festival.

Next up I was at Rambert to attend and photograph my old boss and ex-artistic director Mark Baldwin’s farewell party. Mark offered me a job as an apprentice dancer back in 2010, and it was his decision that has shaped me not only as a dancer but as a photographer and a person. I owe him a great deal, and I was honoured to photograph this event on his behalf.

Mark Baldwin 's gives a speech at his own Farewell Party at  Rambert .

Mark Baldwin's gives a speech at his own Farewell Party at Rambert.

Angela Towler  hits the catwalk during  Mark Baldwin 's farewell party.

Angela Towler hits the catwalk during Mark Baldwin's farewell party.

Brenda Lee Grech  hits the catwalk during  Mark Baldwin 's farewell party.

Brenda Lee Grech hits the catwalk during Mark Baldwin's farewell party.

Mark Baldwin  poses with the Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club during his Farewell Party at  Rambert .

Mark Baldwin poses with the Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club during his Farewell Party at Rambert.

Next I joined Arielle Smith and her company at the Rosemary Branch Theatre to capture promotional images ahead of their performances of Lots of Varied Expectations. On the day I worked with two of the company dancers capturing portraits using movement from the work. It was a lovely afternoon spent with the company, and we were really happy with the results.

 
Arielle Smith  dancer  Inês Pinheiro  during the new full length work  Lots of Varied Expectations  choreographed by  Arielle Smith . 

Arielle Smith dancer Inês Pinheiro during the new full length work Lots of Varied Expectations choreographed by Arielle Smith

 

Lastly and most recently I attended Sadler’s Wells for two photocalls capturing galleries from a couple Europe’s top dance companies, SemperOper Ballett and Nederlands Dans Theater 1. First SemperOper Ballett visited to perform their evening of works, All Forsythe. As you might expect all the pieces were choreographed by William Forsythe, who if you don’t know, is a global choreographic superstar! SemperOper Ballett are a very gifted company. I haven’t seen such a slick, well rehearsed and wonderfully executed evening of work in a long time. To see the full gallery of All Forsythe click the link the button below.

Thomas Bieszka  and  Svetlana Gileva  of  SemperOper Ballett  perform  In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated  choreographed by  William Forsythe.

Thomas Bieszka and Svetlana Gileva of SemperOper Ballett perform In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated choreographed by William Forsythe.

Aidan Gibson  and  Casey Ouzounis  of  SemperOper Ballett  perform  Neue Suite  choreographed by  William Forsythe .

Aidan Gibson and Casey Ouzounis of SemperOper Ballett perform Neue Suite choreographed by William Forsythe.

Skyler Maxey-Wert  of  SemperOper Ballett  performs  Enemy in the Figure  choreographed by  William Forsythe .

Skyler Maxey-Wert of SemperOper Ballett performs Enemy in the Figure choreographed by William Forsythe.

Natsuki Yamada  and  Houston Thomas  of  SemperOper Ballett  perform  In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated  choreographed by  William Forsythe.

Natsuki Yamada and Houston Thomas of SemperOper Ballett perform In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated choreographed by William Forsythe.

Then came Nederlands Dans Theater 1 or NDT1 performing Stop Motion choreographed by both Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and The Statement choreographed by Crystal Pite. These two pieces we photographed were again beautifully danced, and produced some great images.

Dancers of  Nederlands Dans Theater 1  perform  Stop Motion  choreographed by  Paul Lightfoot  and  Sol León

Dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater 1 perform Stop Motion choreographed by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León

More exciting projects around the corner.

Till next time,

Stephen

Feat. Football

Hello,

The start of the year has been very exciting. I am happy to announce that I have started working with Pro Sports Images, photographing editorial content for the press and on commission. I have photographed dance galleries at both Rambert and Sadler’s Wells, and I have had multi-talented musician, Alex Paton in the studio for a portrait shoot.

 
The  Rambert  building as part of the  Lumiere London  festival. Images of the dancer's feet by artist  David Ward .

The Rambert building as part of the Lumiere London festival. Images of the dancer's feet by artist David Ward.

 

First off I headed to the Rambert studios to photograph In the Making 2018. This programme showcased 7 works choreographed by company dancers in addition to Rambert's choreographic fellow, Julie Cunningham. The performance also coincided with the Lumiere London festival. Rambert took part in the light festival collaborating with artist David Ward. David worked with the dancers photographing the soles of their feet creating the body of work, Light on Their Feet, which was projected on the side of Rambert HQ throughout the festival. Click here to see more images from the performance.

Pierre Tappon  and  Jacob Wye  performing  The Space Between Us  choreographed by  Luke Ahmet  as part of  Rambert 's  In the Making 2018 .

Pierre Tappon and Jacob Wye performing The Space Between Us choreographed by Luke Ahmet as part of Rambert's In the Making 2018.

Hannah Rudd, Nancy Nerantzi  and  Sharia Johnson  performing  R2 , choreographed by  Liam Francis  as part of  Rambert 's  In the Making 2018 .

Hannah Rudd, Nancy Nerantzi and Sharia Johnson performing R2, choreographed by Liam Francis as part of Rambert's In the Making 2018.

Juan Gil  and  Brenda Lee-Grech  performing  DIAL/LOG  choreogeraphed by  Daniel Davidson  as part of  Rambert 's  In the Making 2018 .

Juan Gil and Brenda Lee-Grech performing DIAL/LOG choreogeraphed by Daniel Davidson as part of Rambert's In the Making 2018.

Hannah Burfield , Julie Cunningham and  Carolyn Bolton  performing  Crave  by  Julie Cunningham  as part of  Rambert 's  In the Making 2018 .

Hannah Burfield, Julie Cunningham and Carolyn Bolton performing Crave by Julie Cunningham as part of Rambert's In the Making 2018.

Next I was joined by Alex Paton in our home studio. Alex is a multi-talented musician who plays an array of instruments in addition to writing music for films and dance. Alex was a pleasure to work with, and we were all very happy with the results. Click here to see more from the shoot.

 
Musician  Alex Paton  on set during his portrait session.

Musician Alex Paton on set during his portrait session.

Musician  Alex Paton  on set during his portrait session.

Musician Alex Paton on set during his portrait session.

 
 
Musician  Alex Paton  on set during his portrait session.

Musician Alex Paton on set during his portrait session.

 

After, I was off to Sadler’s Wells for their annual Sadler’s Wells Sampled programme, which includes an eclectic mix of dance including the likes of Ballet, Contemporary through to Breaking and Flamenco.  It was a great opportunity to capture a range of dance styles in one evening.

 
Zenaida Yanowsky  performs  Swan Lake  as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Zenaida Yanowsky performs Swan Lake as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

French b-boy   crew,  Yeah Yellow  perform as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

French b-boy crew, Yeah Yellow perform as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

 
NDT2  perform as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

NDT2 perform as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Jesús Carmona  performs as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Jesús Carmona performs as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

French b-boy   crew,  Yeah Yellow  perform as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

French b-boy crew, Yeah Yellow perform as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Humanhood  perform as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Humanhood perform as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Throughout February I have been attending and photographing at sports fixtures on behalf of Pro Sports Images. Currently I have been photographing Football games, covering Premier League through to League 2 games. It has been fantastic covering the national sport, and I am very happy to see my images being published in the press. 

Images from  Charlton Athletic vs Bradford City  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Images from Charlton Athletic vs Bradford City on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

 
Publication in  Dagens Nyheter  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Publication in Dagens Nyheter on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

Images from  Southend United vs Portsmouth  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Images from Southend United vs Portsmouth on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

Publication in the  English Football League  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Publication in the English Football League on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

 
 
Publication in  The Sun  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Publication in The Sun on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

 

Be sure to like and follow my social media pages to keep up to date with my shoots and travels.

Look forward to sharing more soon.

Stephen