Kym Sojourna

On the Road

Hello all,

I am very excited to share with you the things I have been up to over the past month! Since my last blog I have been travelling around the UK working with Rambert and 2Faced Dance Company. Additionally, I am proud to include the British Basketball League (BBL) to my client list.

The beginning of October marked the start of the BBL Championship League and as one of the official photographers for the league, I was asked to travel around to fixtures, photographing action shots from games in addition to headshots for the league rosters. I have absolutely loved photographing the action from courtside. Basketball is a physical, fast-paced sport and as such, extremely photogenic! Here’s a few of my favourite shots from the past few games.

Moritz Lanegger of the  London Lions  faces off with  Gerald Robinson  of the  Surrey Scorchers .

Moritz Lanegger of the London Lions faces off with Gerald Robinson of the Surrey Scorchers.

Paul Guede of the  London Lions  is attempts to get around  Jermel Kennedy  of the  Worcester Wolves .

Paul Guede of the London Lions is attempts to get around Jermel Kennedy of the Worcester Wolves.

 
Roster headshots for the  British Basketball League  and the  Women's Basketball League .

Roster headshots for the British Basketball League and the Women's Basketball League.

 
Chantelle Pressley  of the  Sevenoaks Suns  attempts to block  Evelyn Ovner  of  Team Northumbria .

Chantelle Pressley of the Sevenoaks Suns attempts to block Evelyn Ovner of Team Northumbria.

Neil Watson  of the  Plymouth Raiders  fends off  Adam Weary  of the  Bristol Flyers .

Neil Watson of the Plymouth Raiders fends off Adam Weary of the Bristol Flyers.

Earlier this month I headed to The Place to photograph production images for 2Faced Dance Company’s new production OUTLANDS. This triple bill of contemporary dance showcases and celebrates three female choreographers; Hemabharathy Palani, Ronita Mookerji and Emma-Jayne Park commissioned as part of 2Faced Dance Company’s The BENCH INDIA and UK programme. 

Emma-Jayne Park  performing her work ,   It’s Not Over Yet  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Emma-Jayne Park performing her work, It’s Not Over Yet as part of OUTLANDS.

Ronita Mookerji  performing her work,  Who  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Ronita Mookerji performing her work, Who as part of OUTLANDS.

 
Hemabharathy   Palani performing her work,   Yashti  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Hemabharathy Palani performing her work, Yashti as part of OUTLANDS.

 

I joined Rambert a couple of times this month both in the studio and on stage. First I headed to Rambert HQ, joining the dancers in the studio as they rehearsed for their new creation Goat choreographed by Ben Duke. Goat is inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed live on stage by jazz singer Nia Lynn. As a dance theatre work, it was great to see the company working with text and theatrical elements, I look forward to seeing it on stage.

 
Kym Sojourna  in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Kym Sojourna in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

 
Pierre Tappon ,  Miguel Altunaga  and  Daniel Davidson  in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Pierre Tappon, Miguel Altunaga and Daniel Davidson in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

Rambert  company in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Rambert company in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

Finally, I headed to The Lowry, Salford to join the company as they premiered Andonis Foniadakis’ new work Symbiosis. I had photographed this piece in rehearsal a couple of months prior (Bumper Issue) so I had a good idea of what to expect. In the studio you are only exposed to the movement choreography, which can be a beautiful thing by itself, but it is only when you arrive at the theatre that all the design elements come together to shape the work. Symbiosis had a fantastic creative team with music from Ilan Eshkeri, lighting design from Sakis Birbilis and costume design by Anastasios Sofroniou all the elements came together to create a visually stunning work. After photographing the work I was able to sit back and enjoy the premiere performance which was stunning and the dancers looked incredible, I look forward to watching it again at Sadler’s Wells!

Stephen Quildan ,  Liam Francis ,  Joshua Barwick  and  Adam Park  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Stephen Quildan, Liam Francis, Joshua Barwick and Adam Park performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Liam Francis  and  Nancy Nerantzi  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Liam Francis and Nancy Nerantzi performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Miguel Altunaga  and  Hannah Rudd  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Miguel Altunaga and Hannah Rudd performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Adam Park ,  Brenda Lee Grech  and  Liam Francis  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Adam Park, Brenda Lee Grech and Liam Francis performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Till next month,

Stephen

Summer Edition

Hello again,

Summer is over, and Autumn is nearly upon us! I spent my month working on a few assignments in London and overseas in addition to a wonderful break in the Austrian Alps. 

So at the start of August, Vanessa and I headed for Zillertal, Austria for the week. The intention of our holiday was to put ourselves somewhere beautiful and then go for a walk! I am so happy we settled on the Zillertal Valley as our destination, as it proved itself to be unbelievably picturesque and a perfect tonic to the fast-paced London. Naturally my camera was by my side the whole time, and I am happy to share a selection of my holiday snaps.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Summer holidays in the Zillertal Valley, Austria.

Once I was back in London I went straight to work with Sadler’s Wells, photographing for the inaugural Sadler’s Wells Young Associates Summer School. This was a mentoring scheme and safe place for young choreographers to experiment with their own ideas and choreographic voices which culminated in a group sharing. I spent two days with the group, and enjoyed sharing the space with all the choreographers. Hopefully we will be seeing more work from these guys in the future. Bellow are a couple of images I captured during my time with the group.

 
James Gallego Olivo  peforming  Lewis Cooke 's work-in-progress during the  Sadler's Wells Young Associates Summer School .

James Gallego Olivo peforming Lewis Cooke's work-in-progress during the Sadler's Wells Young Associates Summer School.

 
 
Hannah Mason  performing  James Gallego Olivio 's work-in-progress during the  Sadler's Wells Young Associates Summer School . 

Hannah Mason performing James Gallego Olivio's work-in-progress during the Sadler's Wells Young Associates Summer School

Anthony Matsena ,  Hannah Mason  performing  Chris Thomas 's work-in-progress during the  Sadler's Wells Young Associates Summer School .

Anthony Matsena, Hannah Mason performing Chris Thomas's work-in-progress during the Sadler's Wells Young Associates Summer School.

 
 
Anthony Matsena ,  Chris Thomas  peforming  N a tasha Chu 's work-in-progress during the  Sadler's Wells Young Associates Summer School .

Anthony Matsena, Chris Thomas peforming Natasha Chu's work-in-progress during the Sadler's Wells Young Associates Summer School.

 

Next up I headed for Bassano del Grappa, Italy for the OperaEstate Festival. Patricia Okenwa, with whom I have worked with on many occasions, was presenting a work as part of the international festival. I was invited along to capture the process and document the piece. The work was set in the beautiful location of a deconsecrated church, and it offered a perfect backdrop for Patricia’s emotionally charged Stabat Mater. You can find more pictures via this link.

 
Winifred Burnet-Smith ,  Vanessa Kang , Anna Borini performing Patricia Okenwa's Stabat Mater as part of  OperaEstate Festival, Bassano del Grappa .

Winifred Burnet-Smith, Vanessa Kang, Anna Borini performing Patricia Okenwa's Stabat Mater as part of OperaEstate Festival, Bassano del Grappa.

 
Anna Borini ,  Winifred Burnet-Smith ,  Vanessa Kang  performing  Patricia Okenwa 's  Stabat Mater  as part of  OperaEstate Festival, Bassano del Grappa .

Anna Borini, Winifred Burnet-Smith, Vanessa Kang performing Patricia Okenwa's Stabat Mater as part of OperaEstate Festival, Bassano del Grappa.

Anna Borini ,  Winifred Burnet-Smith ,  Vanessa Kang, Ann Liebeck  performing  Patricia Okenwa 's  Stabat Mater  as part of  OperaEstate Festival, Bassano del Grappa .

Anna Borini, Winifred Burnet-Smith, Vanessa Kang, Ann Liebeck performing Patricia Okenwa's Stabat Mater as part of OperaEstate Festival, Bassano del Grappa.

Now back in London, I am happy to be back photographing the Rambert dancers, this time for their headshots, which will soon be featured in the Rambert programmes available at all performances! I will be working with Rambert again very soon, joining them on tour to photograph the premiere of Andonis Foniadakis’ new work, Symbiosis. Watch this space.

 
Headshot session with  Liam Francis  of  Rambert  company. 

Headshot session with Liam Francis of Rambert company. 

Headshot session with  Daniel Davidson  of  Rambert  company. 

Headshot session with Daniel Davidson of Rambert company. 

Headshot session with  Edit   Domoszlai  of  Rambert  company. 

Headshot session with Edit Domoszlai of Rambert company. 

Headshot session with  Kym Sojourna  of  Rambert  company. 

Headshot session with Kym Sojourna of Rambert company. 

 

More soon,

Stephen