I am very pleased to announce that I am opening my very first photography show in collaboration with my friends at Wonderbound on the first Friday of September. I have been photographing for this world-class dance company since 2010 (how can possibly be that long ago?), and I’m excited to start their new season in the next few days.
This show is a distillation of the last 4-plus years of photographs. I am particularly drawn to the emotional nature of dance- how a line of choreography can express a feeling in a way that words just don’t quite reach. I’ve focused this show on images that I think are particularly emotional, hence “Passion.”
I shot all of these images in real time during rehearsal, either on stage or within the Hares’ home base, Junction Box. There’s no posing, no additional light sources- nothing that might get in the way of the dancers’ ability to tell the story of that moment. And believe me, these dancers can tell one hell of a story.
I hope you will join us for the opening reception at Junction Box on September 5th from 6-8pm. There will also be a brief performance by the Wonderbound Hares at 7pm.
Fine Artists: Wonderbound, featuring choreographers Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman, Confluence String Quartet, pianist Heidi Leathwood and poet Michael J. Henry of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop
Press: Artplace America
Wonderbound’s Teaser episodes are not only a great place to get a sneak peek into their newest project, but they also allow the company to showcase members the audience rarely gets to interact with. For example, costume designer Rachel Kras gets to show off her designs and chat a bit about all the thought and planning that goes into each piece. On this particular evening she showcased her stark but feminine 1920’s design for Tallman’s “Intimate Letters.” Dancer Meredith Strathmeyer always gets the skirts with the most fabric and movement, the kind that make you want to spin around like you’re 5 years old, and her dress certainly had a life force and personality of its own. I can’t wait to see what’s in the works for “Gone West!”
The Junction Box is almost like another member of Wonderbound. I love this space. I love how it changes colors and textures at different times of day and depending on what the dancers are wearing. I think that it knew that Sarah Tallman’s piece, “Intimate Letters” just wouldn’t work with soft light and pastel colors, so it gave us these beautiful hard edges and strong contrasts…