Is anyone else drooling in anticipation for Adele's sophomore album due this February? If you weren't already, check out the following performance of her second single "Someone Like You" and get back to me.
Over the past few weeks I've been going through my photo library and organizing my files (an unenviable task if there ever was one). Here are a few photos I shot of Dance in 2010 that jumped out at me.
(Stephanie Rae Dixon and Yarden Raz in Nicole Wolcott's 100 Beginnings)
(Marcelo Gomes in Avi Scher's Touch)
(Kristina Hanna in Larry Keigwin's Runaway)
(David Hallberg in Swan Lake)
(A performer in Soledad Barrio's show at the Lucile Lortel)
(Tess Reichlen and Justin Peck in Peck's Enjoy Your Rabbit)
Mario Matthews is a musical theater actor I worked with recently when he had a week off from the national tour of Mamma Mia! After we did a round of headshots I asked him to thrash around a bit in a suit ...
In our reality-tv obsessed culture, audiences are more accustomed than ever to the idea of actively participating in someone's fate by way of voting. The dance world has taken notice, and no, I don't mean that little show on FOX. I'm talking about The A.W.A.R.D Show, a weeklong performance competition at The Joyce Soho, one of the city's most prestigious downtown dance centers.
Comprised of three semi-final rounds (where three performance present works that are voted on by an audience, who chooses one group to advance) and one finalist performance, The A.W.A.R.D Show has quickly become a must-see event. This year saw not only a New York leg of the show, but also a Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Chicago division.
I was asked to photograph the finalists, who in one last performance round displayed the works that had helped them win the audience's votes in earlier categories. Helen Simoneau was the grand-prize winner, of a $10,000 prize to be used in the creation of a new work.
One of the best parts of being a dance photographer is having the rare chance to follow a piece through its development. Last spring I photographed a fifteen-minute version of Nicole Wolcott's "100 Beginnings" at Dance New Amsterdam. After some fundraising, retooling, and recasting, Wolcott brought that seed of an idea to full-length fruition last week at the same theater.
I've known Nicole for years and have loved being both an observer of her high-adrenaline style of movement and seeing her tranformation from a dancer with Keigwin + Co to choreographer of her own work. Here are some shots from the premiere!
About a month ago I had the pleasure of shooting some photos for Keigwin + Co.'s upcoming Joyce Theater season. They'll be premiering an evening-length piece titled "Dark Habits," a first for the company, which served as our inspiration for the photo shoot at a deserted bar downtown in Manhattan. These dancers are some of my favorite in the city, and I'm thrilled with the results we got. Check out the video below for a preview! (Open in a separate window for full size.)