As promised I have been up north and overseas in the past month! Rambert had their premiere of Malgorzata Dzierzon’s new work Flight at The Lowry. During this busy week Rambert also performed The Future programme. The Future is a collaboration between Rambert and The Lowry showcasing original works choreographed and performed by Rambert’s dancers and artists from the north of England. Due to the fact I was performing in Flight, I wasn’t able to capture a full gallery of the new work, but it didn’t stop me from photographing altogether!
After performances on the main stage wrapped up, Rambert and a number of visiting choreographers and artistes moved to the more intimate stage space known as, The Studio. I had been asked to photograph a full gallery of the event, and in doing so I also produced a gallery for DanceTabs.com. I had a particular connection with the solo Vessel, choreographed by Nadia Iftkhar for Company Of Others and performed by Sophie Hutchinson. Vessel is a solo rooted in the female experience of becoming an every day contortionists, trying to conform in order to be loved and then finally feeling rooted and free. Finding comfort in power and autonomy.
This month I also returned to The Netherlands for 2016’s edition of Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Festival). Every first weekend of October, the festival presents remarkable performances from up-and-coming choreographers as well as from established dance companies in the city of Maastricht. My job was to photograph the dance works from the wings, which is a very privileged place to be, as you are sharing the space with the performers. Luckily, it is such a familiar environment, and I feel right at home squashed up against the flats shooting the action! I created two galleries for DanceTabs.com from my time at the festival which can be found via the links.