Hubert Essakow

Time Flies

Hello!

I can’t believe it is already the end of February! Time has flown by, but fortunately I have been very busy, and have been able to photograph some cool things in interesting venues.

First off at the start of the month, I was invited back to The Print Room to photograph some rehearsal images for choreographer, Hubert Essakow whilst he was working on his new piece Terra. I have shot at The Print Room now on a few occasions, and I love going back. The venue itself has a great vibe, it full of energy and passion which leaks into all the creative spaces. You can feel that everyone is comfortable taking risks, to be bold and try something fresh. I spent my afternoon with the company, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, not just the photography element but also witnessing such a positive creative process. The full collection of rehearsal images can be found on The Print Room website via this link.

 

Estela Merlos and Rob Bridger rehearsing Terra, choreographed by Hubert Essakow for The Print Room.

 

Recently I was invited to shoot at Wilton’s Music Hall for the press call of Mark Bruce’s new work, The Odyssey. I am a big fan of Mark Bruce’s work, with his strong use of theatrical elements within his works. I knew I would come away with some really strong images. Wilton’s Music Hall is a fantastic venue, steeped in it’s own personal history, it serves as a great backdrop for this visual feast of a piece. I created a full gallery which is available to view on my Flickr page, and can be found via the button below.

 

Nicole Guarino and the Mark Bruce Company in The Odyssey, performing at Wilton’s Music Hall.

 

At Rambert we are on the eve of an exciting premiere, this week we premiere Hydrargyrum by choreographer, Patricia Okenwa. We are all very excited to see a gritty contemporary work being presented by Rambert, with design by Jon Bausor, music composition by Aleksandra Vrebalov and lighting by Charles Balfour this promises to be something fresh. I am in an intriguing situation, as I will be dancing in this piece along with a further 5 dancers, so I therefore have had no chance to photograph the work. Fortunately, last week presented a brief opportunity to get a couple of shots from rehearsals on stage. 

 

Rambert dancers on stage rehearsing for Hydrargyrum, choreographed by Patricia Okenwa.

 

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Cheers,

Stephen

Into Europe

Hello again,

The last 3 months have flown by, and I have plenty of really exciting things to share! 

Back in October I had the great pleasure of flying out to Maastricht, Netherlands, to photograph at this year’s Nederlandse Dansdagen. The dance festival is a 3 day event which takes place annually on the first weekend of October, bringing together many of the great Dutch dance companies. I was given full access to the wings and backstage areas to capture the works from new and exciting angles, and with a packed shooting schedule, I got to work. It really was a pleasure to photograph here, seeing new dancers, new works and new companies is always inspiring and it gave me a fresh look at the dance scene. The festival was brimming with talent and great works, but at a push my highlights would be photographing Scapino Ballet’s new work, Henry by Itamar Serussi, capturing NBprojects' piece, 3: The Garden by artistic director, Nicole Beutler and finding the time on the last morning to watch Rise Up by Guilherme Miotto.
Upon returning to London I created an exclusive album of the festival for DanceTabs to run, which can be found by clicking the button below.

 

NBprojects3: The Garden by Nicole Beutler

 

I was also very happy to see my images published in Ballett am Rhein’s dance annual, b-No.6, a few weeks back. Ex-dancer turned choreographer, Hubert Essakow commissioned me to capture a number of images for an interview piece in the German magazine ahead of his own choreographic commission with the company later in the new year. It was great fun working with Hubert, shooting in a number of locations around London’s Southbank.

 

Hubert Essakow published in Ballett am Rhein's annual publication, b-No.6

 

Most recently, I have finally got with the times and created my own Instagram account, stephenwrightphotography! Here is where I will be posting some of my existing favourite shots, and plenty of new material. Check it out and see what you think! 

Additionally, I have attended some amazing photocalls for some great companies, including the likes of Balletboyz, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Rambert (Click the names for their respected galleries). To keep up to date on all my new galleries and pictures follow me on Twitter, give my Facebook page a like and follow me on Instagram!

 

Scapino BalletHenry by Itamar Serussi

 

Thank you for reading and I look forward to updating you again soon.

Cheers,

Stephen