Julie Cunningham & Company

Hitting the Gym

Hello,

Over the past month I have been incredibly busy. I have been working on various projects, and photographing many different things and not just dance. There is too much to write about in a single blog post, so I will narrow it down and give you my honourable mentions! 

 

Sam Oldham preparing for the Rings at the World Cup of Gymnastics at the O2, London.

 

Recently, it has been very much about Artistic Gymnastics! I was delighted to be accredited to photograph at two major gymnastics competitions featuring some of Britain’s Olympic heroes and National Champions. The two competitions I attended were the British Championships which was held at the Echo Arena, Liverpool and the World Cup of Gymnastics which took place at the O2, London. It was an incredible experience sharing the gymnast’s space and being so close to the action, and I am very happy with the images I produced. For these competitions I partnered with The Couch Gymnast where my images have been published. Below are the links to the two galleries I produced. Also be sure to check out my new gallery on my website here.

 

Max Whitlock giving a demonstration on the Pommel Horse during the World Cup of Gymnastics at the O2London.

Amy Tinkler flying on the Uneven Bars at the British Championships 2017 held at the Echo ArenaLiverpool.

 
 

Ellie Downie competing at the British Championships 2017 held at the Echo ArenaLiverpool.

Sam Oldham nailing the dismount from the High Bar at the World Cup of Gymnastics at the O2, London.

 
 

Brinn Bevan competing at the World Cup of Gymnastics at the O2, London.

 

In addition to gymnastics I have also been busy in the dance studio. As I said in my last post I headed to the Barbican to photograph the production gallery for Julie Cunningham & Company. It was great to see how this piece evolved from when I first saw it being performed in the Rambert studios. The lighting design by Richard Godin was really striking, making use of multiple Softboxes which produced a really flattering creamy light. Softboxes would usually be associated with still photography rather than stage lighting, but it was a lovely effect.

 

Alex Williams, Harry Alexander and Hannah Burfield in Julie Cunningham & Company's Double Bill performed at the Barbican.

 

I also made my way to The Place to photograph at 2Faced Dance Company’s photocall for their work From Above. Coincidentally, this dance work also made use of large Lightboxes creating yet another beautiful lighting effect designed by James Mackenzie. I produced a full gallery for DanceTabs which you can find by clicking the link below.

 

Louis Parker-Evans of 2Faced Dance Company performing From Above, choreographed by Tamsin Fitzgerald and performed at The Place, London.

 

Have a lovely long weekend!

Stephen

Full-Time

Hello all,

It has certainly been longer than I intended to write this new blog post. My excuse is that over the past couple of months I have undergone a significant lifestyle shift. I have now officially retired from dancing, and have become a full-time photographer!

 

Christopher Akrill in Arthur Pita & HeadSpaceDance's, Stepmother/Stepfather performed at The Place, London.

 

The idea that being a dancer isn’t a lifelong career is acknowledged, but not always accepted. As dancers, we are very lucky to have access to a wonderfully helpful charity, the Dancers Career Development (DCD). The DCD set out to help dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career. It is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and is a world leader in dancer transition. I had been in contact with the supportive staff at the DCD long before news of my retirement, and they have provided me with tremendous help during this time. In addition, their retraining grant has facilitated a smooth career transition. If you’re a dancer reading this, definitely check out their website by clicking HERE.

 

Isabel Mortimer of The Dancers Career Development working with dancers helping them with the difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career.

 

Now that I am dedicating all my time to photography, I have been able to take on more projects and create more galleries. First up was Julie Cunningham & Company ahead of their performances at the Barbican next week. This was a promotional shoot set on stage, lit using my Profoto gear. I have photographed Julie Cunningham and her dancers now on several occasions, they are a wonderfully supportive group with a beautiful cohesive energy, which is what makes them so captivating to watch on stage. I look forward to working with them again soon.

 

Julie Cunningham, Alex Williams, Hannah Burfield, and Harry Alexander in Julie Cunningham & Company's, Double Bill performing at the Barbican.

 

I also went into the studio to photograph Theo Clinkard and his dancers whilst they create and work on Theo’s new work, This Bright Field. I really enjoy watching and working with Theo, having watched his past works as well as taking his classes whilst dancing at Rambert. I can connect to his approach to movement, and his sensitivity to his dancer’s individual artistry. I will certainly be watching this work when it is premiered in Spring. Click HERE to view the full gallery which has been published on DanceTabs. 

 

Nick Coutsier, Pau Aran Gimeno in rehearsals for Theo Clinkard's new work, This Bright Field.

 

I was at the photocall of Arthur Pita & HeadSpaceDance’s, Stepmother/Stepfather which is performing at The Place till 11th March. This double bill is a visual feast, and a pleasure to photograph. I tilt my hat to all the creatives involved in this work, all the elements pull together to take the audience on a very dark but captivating journey. Click HERE to view the full gallery which has been published on DanceTabs.

 

Arthur Pita HeadSpaceDance's, Stepmother/Stepfather, performed at The Place, London.

 

Clemmie Sveaas, Corey Claire Annand, Valentina Golfieri in Arthur Pita HeadSpaceDance's, Stepmother/Stepfather, performed at The Place, London.

Corey Claire Annand, Karl Fagerlund Brekke in Arthur Pita HeadSpaceDance's, Stepmother/Stepfather, performed at The Place, London.

In addition to these galleries I have also been working on other projects and creating new opportunities, which I will be sharing when they are published and made public. I have a lot to look forward to, with this month in particular being very busy. I will be sharing more soon!

Thanks again, 

Stephen