Research & Development

Touring

Hello,

As we headed into March, touring with Rambert was in full swing. Seven weeks of back to back touring involved long drives, late nights and tired bodies. During this time I photographed Carlos Pons Guerra during his week of Research & Development, got some shots of Rambert out on the road, and to finish off the month, Vanessa and I went to the Lake District where I was able to photograph the great outdoors!

At the start of March I was invited into the studio to shoot some behind the scenes images for Carlos Pons Guerra as he worked with 2 dancers Owen Thorne and Mark Kelly. He was joined in the studio by Peggy Olislaegers, the wonderfully talented and creative Dramaturge. Peggy’s role as Dramaturge is to help refine and challenge Carlos as he creates his work. This positive energy and creative conflict can really accelerate the refinement of ideas and produce a much more textured theme.

 

Owen Thorne & Mark Kelly working in the studio with Carlos Pons Guerra of DeNada Dance.

 

Rambert’s Spring tour came to a close in the seaside town of Brighton. I spoke about in my previous blog Time Flies, about the then upcoming premiere of Patricia Okenwa’s work, Hydrargyrum. These performances went fantastically well, and certainly became the highlight of my Spring tour. Also along the way, I used every opportunity to get my camera out and shoot the dancers during performances and in rehearsals. One of the venues allowed for an interesting new angle, so I set about in one of the performances capturing Alexander Whitley’s piece Frames. In the past I haven't been able to photograph this piece much, as the wings are covered to create an enclosed area for the dancers to perform inside. Fortunately, I had no such issues from the new spot!

 

Rambert during performance of Alexander Whitley’s work, Frames.

 

Finally, Vanessa and I put our Easter weekend to good use and took a trip to the breathtakingly beautiful Lake District. We spent our weekend going on long walks, relaxing in the local pubs and taking lots of pictures. It was a great weekend, and it was great to escape the city even for a short while. We came back feeling very recharged, and excited about what is next!

 

Vanessa in the Lake District.

 

Cheers,

Stephen

Patricia Okenwa & Christopher Bruce

Hello again,

Last week I wrote that Rambert would be working with Patricia Okenwa on her Research & Development. As promised, we experimented, worked with creative tasks and most importantly, we had fun playing.

Okenwa has a very relaxed style in the studio, full of laughs and smiles, making all the dancers feel comfortable and at ease. This approach is so important for creative processes, as it enables the ‘creative juices’ to flow uninhibited, without fear of judgement.

I was lucky enough to take some pictures during the week when the groups split up.

 

Choreographer Patricia Okenwa with assistant Stefano Rosato watching Liam Francis and Vanessa Kang rehearse a duet.

 

To stay true to Okenwa’s approach to movement, I tried to capture energy rather than form. Getting in close to the dancers and focusing on movement rather than positions, I feel, creates the intended results. Please click the button bellow to navigate to the full album on Flickr.

 

Miguel Altunaga and Julia Gillespie 

 

This week we focus on the Spring tour ahead, Rambert legend Christopher Bruce will be coming in to rehearse his piece, Rooster. Bruce comes in before most of our tours to ensure that absolutely everything is perfect. Fortunately, the dancers always rise to the occasion, making sure he leaves a happy choreographer!

Till next time,

Stephen