Nick Coutsier

Sports, Science & Culture

Hello again,

I had an interesting and fruitful November photographing a variety of dance and outreach events. It also included a trip to Leicester to photograph at the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers between Great Britain and Greece.

 
Liam Francis ,  Vanessa Kang  and dancers of the  Rambert  company perform  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Liam FrancisVanessa Kang and dancers of the Rambert company perform Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

 

Firstly, I headed to Laban Theatre to capture and photograph Theo Clinkard’s new work, This Bright Field. Having photographed Theo’s work on a number of occasions, I knew I was going to enjoy myself photographing the new work. Danced beautifully by the entire cast, I wasn’t disappointed. Here is a small selection from the work. To see my full gallery of This Bright Field click Here.

 
Nick Coutsier  performing  This Bright Field  choreographed by  Theo Clinkard .

Nick Coutsier performing This Bright Field choreographed by Theo Clinkard.

 
Stephanie McMann ,  Luke Dival ,  Leah Marojevic , Colas Lucot performing  This Bright Field  choreographed by  Theo Clinkard .

Stephanie McMann, Luke Dival, Leah Marojevic, Colas Lucot performing This Bright Field choreographed by Theo Clinkard.

Colas Lucot , Meri Pajunpää performing  This Bright Field  choreographed by  Theo Clinkard .

Colas Lucot, Meri Pajunpää performing This Bright Field choreographed by Theo Clinkard.

Next up I was at Sadler’s Wells to photograph New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley and the Gillespie School’s showcase performance. This was a wonderful collaboration between the primary school and Alexander Whitley Dance Company, using dance workshops to engage young children in solar science. In his introduction, Alexander explained how the collaboration could encourage engagement in science amongst young girls, whilst also making dance a fun accessible activity for young boys. It was great to see the children take such pride in their performance, and I felt privileged to photograph their experiences.

Students from the  Gillespie School  perform at  Sadler's Wells  in partnership with the  Alexander Whitley Dance Company .

Students from the Gillespie School perform at Sadler's Wells in partnership with the Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

Students from the  Gillespie School  perform at  Sadler's Wells  in partnership with the  Alexander Whitley Dance Company .

Students from the Gillespie School perform at Sadler's Wells in partnership with the Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

Alexander Whitley  speaks during the showcase performance in partnership with both the  Gillespie School  and the  Alexander Whitley Dance Company .

Alexander Whitley speaks during the showcase performance in partnership with both the Gillespie School and the Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

Hannah Ekholm  and  Leon Poulton  of the  Alexander Whitley Dance Company  perform an extract from  8 Minutes  choreographed by  Alexander Whitley .

Hannah Ekholm and Leon Poulton of the Alexander Whitley Dance Company perform an extract from 8 Minutes choreographed by Alexander Whitley.

Returning to Sadler’s Wells, I photographed Rambert’s new work, Goat choreographed by Ben Duke. Having been connected to Rambert company for the past 8 years, I have never seen the company present a work like this. Having trained as both an Actor and a Dancer, Ben Duke's choreography often explores the overlap between dance and theatre. Critics and audiences have always celebrated Rambert as being a company of versatile dancers, and Rambert's performance at Sadlers Wells this autumn certainly lived up to that reputation! To see my full gallery of Goat click Here.

Pierre Tappon ,  Miguel Altunaga  and  Daniel Davidson  perform  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Pierre TapponMiguel Altunaga and Daniel Davidson perform Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

Brenda Lee Grech ,  Stephen Quildan  and dancers of the  Rambert  company perform  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Brenda Lee GrechStephen Quildan and dancers of the Rambert company perform Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

Miguel Altunaga ,  Stephen Quildan ,  Adam Park ,  Vanessa Kang  and dancers of the  Rambert  company perform  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Miguel AltunagaStephen QuildanAdam ParkVanessa Kang and dancers of the Rambert company perform Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

Liam Francis  and  Hannah Rudd  performing  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Liam Francis and Hannah Rudd performing Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

Lastly, I headed to Leicester for the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers between Great Britain and Greece. Having photographed a large number of the British Basketball League games, I was excited to photograph my first international game, especially one of such importance. Unfortunately, Great Britain came away second best, but not before pushing the game into overtime and giving the crowd an awful lot to shout about. It was a shame for the loss, but I think everyone in attendance was proud of the team’s display.

 
Action shots from the  FIBA Basketball World Cup  qualifiers between  Great Britain  and  Greece  at the  Leicester Arena .

Action shots from the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers between Great Britain and Greece at the Leicester Arena.

 

Thank you and see you next time,

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