The Print Room

Time Flies


I can’t believe it is already the end of February! Time has flown by, but fortunately I have been very busy, and have been able to photograph some cool things in interesting venues.

First off at the start of the month, I was invited back to The Print Room to photograph some rehearsal images for choreographer, Hubert Essakow whilst he was working on his new piece Terra. I have shot at The Print Room now on a few occasions, and I love going back. The venue itself has a great vibe, it full of energy and passion which leaks into all the creative spaces. You can feel that everyone is comfortable taking risks, to be bold and try something fresh. I spent my afternoon with the company, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, not just the photography element but also witnessing such a positive creative process. The full collection of rehearsal images can be found on The Print Room website via this link.


Estela Merlos and Rob Bridger rehearsing Terra, choreographed by Hubert Essakow for The Print Room.


Recently I was invited to shoot at Wilton’s Music Hall for the press call of Mark Bruce’s new work, The Odyssey. I am a big fan of Mark Bruce’s work, with his strong use of theatrical elements within his works. I knew I would come away with some really strong images. Wilton’s Music Hall is a fantastic venue, steeped in it’s own personal history, it serves as a great backdrop for this visual feast of a piece. I created a full gallery which is available to view on my Flickr page, and can be found via the button below.


Nicole Guarino and the Mark Bruce Company in The Odyssey, performing at Wilton’s Music Hall.


At Rambert we are on the eve of an exciting premiere, this week we premiere Hydrargyrum by choreographer, Patricia Okenwa. We are all very excited to see a gritty contemporary work being presented by Rambert, with design by Jon Bausor, music composition by Aleksandra Vrebalov and lighting by Charles Balfour this promises to be something fresh. I am in an intriguing situation, as I will be dancing in this piece along with a further 5 dancers, so I therefore have had no chance to photograph the work. Fortunately, last week presented a brief opportunity to get a couple of shots from rehearsals on stage. 


Rambert dancers on stage rehearsing for Hydrargyrum, choreographed by Patricia Okenwa.


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Silver Lining


Every cloud has a silver lining, so they say. My cloud happened to be an injury, but my silver lining is the opportunity to work full time on my photography. 

This week I have been making trips back and forth to The Print Room, I’ve returned to shoot for Mbulelo Ndabeni, and also shoot for choreographer Kirill Burlov. These choreographers are ex-colleagues from Rambert and both have gifted movement vocabularies to draw from.

Ndabeni asked me to return to picture some Production shots for him, he had a location in mind and wanted to create something theatrical. With this brief, we set up and started shooting. This shoot lasted for all of about 20 minutes (due to it being rather chilly!), but we came away with plenty of keepers! 


Beholder of Beautychoreographed by Mbulelo Ndabeni with Mbulelo Ndabeni and Piedad Albarracin Seiquer.


I have had the pleasure of dancing for Burlov on many occasions when he made work during Rambert’s various choreographic platforms, so it was great to see him working on his new commission. His piece, Absinthe, is a duet danced by Burlov and London based dancer, Rob McNeil. These guys dancing together create an intensity that is awesome to watch, and great to photograph.


Absinthe, choreographed by Kirill Burlov, with Kirill Burlov and Rob McNeil.


All in all, things are going well! My hip is making a super speedy recovery, and I only need crutches when I am out and about (no more shooting on crutches!). I am being kept busy doing my rehabilitation at Rambert, as well as making the regular trips over to Notting Hill for The Print Room

Take care,