Crystal Pite

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

Mixing it up

Hello,

So, as you may have noticed, my website has had a major update! I knew I had to make some changes to my portfolio to represent the changing body of my work. I hope you like it, and I would love to hear any feedback you might have. This month I have been very busy attending photocalls, rehearsals and sports competitions all over London. It has been great fun covering such a range of events and I am happy to share some with you below.

First off I headed to indigo at the O2 for Cage Warriors 84 for a night of mixed martial arts, or MMA for short. MMA pits two opponents in a caged Octagon to fight it out over a varying number of rounds and you can win either on points, a knock-out or tapout. Although MMA is a brutal sport and isn’t for the faint hearted, it is fantastic to photograph! 

 

Cage Warriors 84, a night of mixed martial arts at the indigo at the O2

 

Next up was a trip to Sadler’s Wells for a photocall with Scottish Ballet. I was looking forward to photographing the company, firstly because I hadn’t photographed ballet in a while, but also they were performing the Crystal Pite work Emergence which I was excited to see and shoot. The work focused on the power of the group, making use of large group unison for maximum effect. I certainly enjoyed myself, and I am happy to share a collection below.

 

Scottish Ballet performing Crystal Pite's work, Emergence at Sadler's Wells.

 

Lastly, I headed to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to photograph some international Hockey. This was a new sport to photograph for me, so I was very much looking forward to the challenge. I photographed two matches over two days, England vs Argentina and England vs The Netherlands, and I thoroughly enjoyed capturing a new sport. I will be heading back over the weekend to photograph the mens Hockey World League semi-finals and finals, fingers crossed England make it all the way.

 

The England women's hockey team playing against both Argentina and The Netherlands as part of the Investec Internations at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

I have a couple of projects that are still in the pipeline, and I look forward to sharing more about them when the time is right.

Until next month.

Stephen