Chrisopher Bruce

First Exhibition

Hello all,

I have been very busy since my last blog post, so this will be a pretty packed entry. Over the past month I have photographed 4 production galleries, photographed at a national gymnastics competition, shot on location and presented my first solo exhibition!

 

Vanessa Kang on location in Plymouth, UK.

 

Rambert had a very busy month performing in a number of premieres in various locations. First off after Sadler’s Wells was the Rambert Event staged by Jeannie Steele at Phillips’ Gallery in Berkeley Square, London. This was a beautiful location for the performances to take place in, and hugely popular with all the performances selling out. That being said, with the huge windows surrounding the enclosed space, audiences could watch the performances from the streets. I created galleries of these performances from both these perspectives (internal/external). 

 

Vanessa Kang, Simone Damberg Würtz, Hannah Rudd and Luke Ahmet performing the Rambert Event at Phillips' gallery London. 

 
 

Daniel Davidson, Lucy Balfour and Miguel Altunaga performing in the Rambert Event at Phillips' gallery London. 

 

In addition to these incredible performances, Rambert headed up north to Edinburgh to revive an old Rambert favourite, Ghost Dances. The work was premiered in 1981, brought back in 1999, and now again in 2016. Ghost Dances, choreographed by Christopher Bruce is an iconic work and instantly recognisable, with the 3 ‘ghosts’ taking to the stage in full body paint and wearing haunting masks. This work will be performed extensively in the new year, and will be at Sadler’s Wells in May.

 

Daniel Davidson, Juan Gil and Liam Francis in Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances, performed by Rambert.

 
 

Simone Damberg Würtz and Adam Park in Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances, performed by Rambert.

 

After Rambert’s Autumn tour had come to a close, the dancers rushed back into the studio to start work on In the Making. In the Making is a new platform for presenting dance works created by Rambert dancers and other artists at the Rambert HQ on the Southbank. These performances didn’t take on the generic; audience sit, dancers perform, audience leaves format. It was presented as more of a festival, with audiences moving through the building to encounter performances in various spaces and settings. 

Kym Sojourna, Lucy Balfour and Vanessa Kang in Stephen Quildan's work, Allow. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Adam Park and Daniel Davidson in Simone Damberg Würtz's work, Tempus. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Liam Francis and Jacob O'Connell in Carolyn Bolton's, Carbon Copy: Drawing the Circle. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Julie Cunningham performing in her own work, Returning. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Quinta in Miguel Altunaga's work Light Dial. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Juan Gil and Antonia Hewitt in Daniel Davidson's, Doublespeak. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

I am very proud to announce that as part of In the Making, I presented my first solo photographic exhibition, Connect. Connect unpacks the creative process of choreographing contemporary dance works, providing an insight into the intimacy of creation. This body of work was generated whilst observing the works being made for In the Making, but the relationship and the unwavering commitment to the creative task is universal, and not specific to these processes. I had a lot of fun curating and presenting Connect, but I have to say a huge thank you to Vanessa Kang, Stefano Rosato, Joce Giles, Amy Bell, and of course Rambert. I couldn’t have done it without you!

A behind the scenes look at Stephen Wright Photography's first solo photographic exhibition, Connect as part of In the Making hosted by Rambert.

The past month has been hugely busy, but immensely rewarding. Now to enjoy the season’s festivities and a short break, because it won’t be long till January..!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Stephen

Next Chapter

Hello,

A couple of weeks ago I received news that the injury I have been carrying for the past couple of years, and for which I had surgery for, has brought a premature end to my dancing career. In the new year I will officially be retiring from dance! As much as I have prepared for this eventuality, it has still been quite a shock. However, in the new year I will move into photography full-time and I can not wait to properly get started! 

Last week was very emotional for myself personally, Rambert was performing at Sadler’s Wells and unusually performing two separate programmes, Contemporaries and The Creation. These two programmes would mark the last time I would perform with my partner, Vanessa Kang, and also the last time my friends and family would see me perform on stage. For both reasons, these performances were very special and I am grateful to everyone involved for the incredible memories that I will hold dear.

 

The beautiful flowers gifted to me by my partner, Vanessa Kang at the end of my last performance on the Sadler's Wells stage.

 

The Contemporaries programme consisted of a triple bill of choreographers who were all ex-Rambert dancers turned choreographers; Malgorzata Dzierzon, Patricia Okenwa and Alexander Whitley. The three works were distinctive in their style and used the dancers in hugely different ways. As an evening’s work, the audiences were treated to the incredible versatility of the dancers. My personal favourite has to be that of Patricia Okenwa’s Hydrargyrum. I was a part of this work’s creation, I performed it at it’s premiere, watched the work as an audience member and have now performed it as part of my final London performance. I appreciate the work on so many levels, the vision and choreography of Patricia Okenwa, the Design (Jon Bausor) the Music (Aleksandra Vrebalov) and the Lighting (Charles Balfour) all come together to make a dance work unlike others. 
Beneath I have provided the link to my galleries I photographed for both Alexander Whitley's Frames and Patricia Okenwa's Hydrargyrum.

 

Edit Domoszlai and Miguel Altunaga in Malgorzata Dzierzon's work Flight performed by Rambert

 
 

Miguel Altunaga, Liam Francis, Vanessa Kang, Edit Domoszlai and Jacob O'Connell in Patricia Okenwa's work Hydrargyrum for Rambert.

 
 

Hannah Rudd and Miguel Altunaga in Alexander Whitley's work Frames for Rambert.

 

The latter half of the week was for the performances of Mark Baldwin’s, The Creation with music from Joseph Haydn’s epic score of the same name. This was Rambert’s largest production to date, featuring the full Rambert company, the 3rd year of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, the Rambert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, the exquisite soloists Sarah Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor) and Neal Davies (Bass), conducted by Paul Hoskins Design by Pablo Bronstein, Lighting by Mark Henderson. It is a long list of influential names and some seriously talented people. It was one of the performances that in years to come you can say, “I was there”!

 

Stephen Wright (me) and Vanessa Kang in Mark Baldwin's, The Creation for Rambert. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.

 

I will still be touring with Rambert for the upcoming month, and will be photographing a production gallery of Christopher Bruce’s 80’s classic and national favourite, Ghost Dances amongst other projects.

But until then,

Stephen