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Hello,

I hope everyone had a great festive period and a happy new year! I was very lucky to spend my Christmas in Singapore with Vanessa and her family, but before heading off I worked on a couple of projects here in London. 

The  Garden City ,  Singapore.

The Garden CitySingapore.

The famous  HDB  flats of  Singapore .

The famous HDB flats of Singapore.

The  Garden City ,  Singapore.

The Garden CitySingapore.

At the start of December I was happy to rejoin the Sadler’s Wells Young Associates programme for their sharing at the Lilian Baylis Studio. 7 Young Associates were invited to create works for this sharing, each bringing their own style and approach to dance making to the stage. Having photographed and worked with some of the young choreographers during the Summer, it was great to return to see how the ideas had evolved.

 
Conor Kerrigan  performing  Anthony Matsena 's work at the  Young Associates  sharing at  Sadler's Wells .

Conor Kerrigan performing Anthony Matsena's work at the Young Associates sharing at Sadler's Wells.

 
Ruby Portus  performing her own work at the  Young Associates  sharing at  Sadler's Wells .

Ruby Portus performing her own work at the Young Associates sharing at Sadler's Wells.

Bun Kobayashi  and  Hannah Mason  performing  James Gallego Olivio 's work at the  Young Associates  sharing at  Sadler's Wells .

Bun Kobayashi and Hannah Mason performing James Gallego Olivio's work at the Young Associates sharing at Sadler's Wells.

Back at our home studio, Vanessa and I welcomed classical musician, Clifton Harrison. Clifton is an exceptional musician and a member of the Rambert Orchestra. We have been fortunate to work with him on many occasions. Clifton plays both the Viola and the Baroque, Viola d’Amore, and it was fantastic to have him on-set to capture both traditional style portraits in addition to some more creative ideas. Click here to see more from the shoot.

 
Classical musician,  Clifton Harrison  on-set with both his Viola and the baroque Viola d'Amore.

Classical musician, Clifton Harrison on-set with both his Viola and the baroque Viola d'Amore.

 
Classical musician  Clifton Harrison  on-set during a movement sequence.

Classical musician Clifton Harrison on-set during a movement sequence.

If you are interested in dynamic portraits of yourself, please do not hesitate to contact me at stephen@stephenwrightphotography.co.uk and we can schedule a photoshoot.

More soon,

Stephen

Next Chapter

Hello,

A couple of weeks ago I received news that the injury I have been carrying for the past couple of years, and for which I had surgery for, has brought a premature end to my dancing career. In the new year I will officially be retiring from dance! As much as I have prepared for this eventuality, it has still been quite a shock. However, in the new year I will move into photography full-time and I can not wait to properly get started! 

Last week was very emotional for myself personally, Rambert was performing at Sadler’s Wells and unusually performing two separate programmes, Contemporaries and The Creation. These two programmes would mark the last time I would perform with my partner, Vanessa Kang, and also the last time my friends and family would see me perform on stage. For both reasons, these performances were very special and I am grateful to everyone involved for the incredible memories that I will hold dear.

 

The beautiful flowers gifted to me by my partner, Vanessa Kang at the end of my last performance on the Sadler's Wells stage.

 

The Contemporaries programme consisted of a triple bill of choreographers who were all ex-Rambert dancers turned choreographers; Malgorzata Dzierzon, Patricia Okenwa and Alexander Whitley. The three works were distinctive in their style and used the dancers in hugely different ways. As an evening’s work, the audiences were treated to the incredible versatility of the dancers. My personal favourite has to be that of Patricia Okenwa’s Hydrargyrum. I was a part of this work’s creation, I performed it at it’s premiere, watched the work as an audience member and have now performed it as part of my final London performance. I appreciate the work on so many levels, the vision and choreography of Patricia Okenwa, the Design (Jon Bausor) the Music (Aleksandra Vrebalov) and the Lighting (Charles Balfour) all come together to make a dance work unlike others. 
Beneath I have provided the link to my galleries I photographed for both Alexander Whitley's Frames and Patricia Okenwa's Hydrargyrum.

 

Edit Domoszlai and Miguel Altunaga in Malgorzata Dzierzon's work Flight performed by Rambert

 
 

Miguel Altunaga, Liam Francis, Vanessa Kang, Edit Domoszlai and Jacob O'Connell in Patricia Okenwa's work Hydrargyrum for Rambert.

 
 

Hannah Rudd and Miguel Altunaga in Alexander Whitley's work Frames for Rambert.

 

The latter half of the week was for the performances of Mark Baldwin’s, The Creation with music from Joseph Haydn’s epic score of the same name. This was Rambert’s largest production to date, featuring the full Rambert company, the 3rd year of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, the Rambert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, the exquisite soloists Sarah Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor) and Neal Davies (Bass), conducted by Paul Hoskins Design by Pablo Bronstein, Lighting by Mark Henderson. It is a long list of influential names and some seriously talented people. It was one of the performances that in years to come you can say, “I was there”!

 

Stephen Wright (me) and Vanessa Kang in Mark Baldwin's, The Creation for Rambert. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.

 

I will still be touring with Rambert for the upcoming month, and will be photographing a production gallery of Christopher Bruce’s 80’s classic and national favourite, Ghost Dances amongst other projects.

But until then,

Stephen