Stephen Wright Photography

First Exhibition

Hello all,

I have been very busy since my last blog post, so this will be a pretty packed entry. Over the past month I have photographed 4 production galleries, photographed at a national gymnastics competition, shot on location and presented my first solo exhibition!

 

Vanessa Kang on location in Plymouth, UK.

 

Rambert had a very busy month performing in a number of premieres in various locations. First off after Sadler’s Wells was the Rambert Event staged by Jeannie Steele at Phillips’ Gallery in Berkeley Square, London. This was a beautiful location for the performances to take place in, and hugely popular with all the performances selling out. That being said, with the huge windows surrounding the enclosed space, audiences could watch the performances from the streets. I created galleries of these performances from both these perspectives (internal/external). 

 

Vanessa Kang, Simone Damberg Würtz, Hannah Rudd and Luke Ahmet performing the Rambert Event at Phillips' gallery London. 

 
 

Daniel Davidson, Lucy Balfour and Miguel Altunaga performing in the Rambert Event at Phillips' gallery London. 

 

In addition to these incredible performances, Rambert headed up north to Edinburgh to revive an old Rambert favourite, Ghost Dances. The work was premiered in 1981, brought back in 1999, and now again in 2016. Ghost Dances, choreographed by Christopher Bruce is an iconic work and instantly recognisable, with the 3 ‘ghosts’ taking to the stage in full body paint and wearing haunting masks. This work will be performed extensively in the new year, and will be at Sadler’s Wells in May.

 

Daniel Davidson, Juan Gil and Liam Francis in Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances, performed by Rambert.

 
 

Simone Damberg Würtz and Adam Park in Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances, performed by Rambert.

 

After Rambert’s Autumn tour had come to a close, the dancers rushed back into the studio to start work on In the Making. In the Making is a new platform for presenting dance works created by Rambert dancers and other artists at the Rambert HQ on the Southbank. These performances didn’t take on the generic; audience sit, dancers perform, audience leaves format. It was presented as more of a festival, with audiences moving through the building to encounter performances in various spaces and settings. 

Kym Sojourna, Lucy Balfour and Vanessa Kang in Stephen Quildan's work, Allow. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Adam Park and Daniel Davidson in Simone Damberg Würtz's work, Tempus. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Liam Francis and Jacob O'Connell in Carolyn Bolton's, Carbon Copy: Drawing the Circle. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Julie Cunningham performing in her own work, Returning. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Quinta in Miguel Altunaga's work Light Dial. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

Juan Gil and Antonia Hewitt in Daniel Davidson's, Doublespeak. Performed as part of In the Making presented by Rambert.

I am very proud to announce that as part of In the Making, I presented my first solo photographic exhibition, Connect. Connect unpacks the creative process of choreographing contemporary dance works, providing an insight into the intimacy of creation. This body of work was generated whilst observing the works being made for In the Making, but the relationship and the unwavering commitment to the creative task is universal, and not specific to these processes. I had a lot of fun curating and presenting Connect, but I have to say a huge thank you to Vanessa Kang, Stefano Rosato, Joce Giles, Amy Bell, and of course Rambert. I couldn’t have done it without you!

A behind the scenes look at Stephen Wright Photography's first solo photographic exhibition, Connect as part of In the Making hosted by Rambert.

The past month has been hugely busy, but immensely rewarding. Now to enjoy the season’s festivities and a short break, because it won’t be long till January..!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Stephen

Studio Shooting

Hello,

This month I am very happy to announce Stephen Wright Photography has taken a huge leap forwards, I am now the proud owner of Profoto studio lighting equipment, which will give huge amounts of creative freedom, organising my own shoots or realising someone's creative vision. I have had the great pleasure of working in the studio with Rambert’s talented new apprentice Jacob O’Connell, who was a finalist in 2015’s edition of BBC Young Dancer competition. We had a playful approach with the simple desire to create stunning images. Jacob has bags of talent, and you would be hard pressed to find something he can’t do - perfect subject! We were all very happy with the results and I am very proud to share these first images from our collaborative shoot.

 

Jacob O’Connell on set with Stephen Wright Photography.

 
 

Jacob O’Connell on set with Stephen Wright Photography.

 
 

Jacob O’Connell on set with Stephen Wright Photography.

 

Last month I was invited by Fearghus O’Conchuir to produce a production gallery for his recent work, The Casement Project. This was a fantastic opportunity to work with some amazing artistes, on what was a visually powerful piece. The work was based on the life of Roger Casement. Casement was knighted by the British government for his work exposing human rights abuses in the rubber trade of the Congo and of the Amazon, but his support for Irish nationalism during the First World War prompted his death sentence for high treason. The British government went on to publish his personal diaries, where Casement journaled his sexual encounters with other men in an attempt to discredit him. Fearghus’ work is a visual feast, that invites you on a personal journey with the performers.

 

The Casement Project choreographed by Fearghus O’Conchuir.

 

This month Rambert are on Summer break and Vanessa and I are about to embark our annual big trip. I will be taking my camera to document our travels. We are both looking forwards to having a rest and recoup ahead of next season.

Until next time,

Stephen