Working and collaborating with creatives is one of the privileges and joys of dance photography. So it was wonderful to work with Lauren Speirs, a choreographer based in Dublin, from Balletproject[d]. In October 2019 Balletproject[d] performed ‘Grey Matter’ comprising 2 pieces ‘Rational Creatures’ and ‘Ensnared’ in the historic Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. A mix of classical and contemporary dance with a very talented group of international dancers, the Irish audience was in for a treat! Such a bonus to support an all-female team of creatives too! I look forward to their next performances.
Choreography ‘Rational Creatures’ @elspeirsy / ‘Ensnared’ : @elspeirsy in collaboration with @fiona.kania
Creative Director: @balletprojectd
Dancers: @elspeirsy @nicoledanse @alicia_fish17 @claudes_n @erinmfla
Lighting : #lianneoshea
Ballet Master : @justjanesy
I had the pleasure of once again being in the studio with Laura Macken Dance and her ensemble of talented Irish and international dance artists – Eoin Padraig MacDonnacha, Kate Haughton, Rebecca Lee, Yuilya Prokhorova, Fanni Esterhazy, Pablo von Sternenfels, Anibal dos Santos and Gabriella Basco.
Both pieces, ‘Connections’ and ‘Lift’ are a real visual treat to capture and so diverse in style.
It is really wonderful to see ballet being supported by The Arts Council Ireland and great that a female Irish choreographer is at the helm.
There is a lot of (valid) negative talk about social media in the press, however, without social media (namely Instagram) I would not have started following US artist Brooke Shaden and heard about her ‘Promoting Passion‘ tour.
I happened to be in London for the European leg of her ‘Promoting Passion tour and immediately signed up for a place (thanks sonyalpha being such great sponsors and making it so affordable). It was meant to be!
There was a wonderful photography workshop (see below – thanks to our four wonderful models and Ceridwen Images as stylist extraordinaire/wardrobe/prop supplier) but that was not the main focus of the day.
Brooke is an inspirational speaker (and great hugger!) whose positive energy and thought provoking questions and exercises will be cogitated and digested for long after the event. Gillian Gamble was our second speaker and her story, beautiful art and enthusiasm for creativity provided another perspective on Brooke’s questions.
Questions like what is our legacy and why is it so difficult to create lasting legacy. Challenging us to change our narrative and move beyond expectation. Questioning what holds us back and allowing ourselves to begin again.
Like I said, so many thought provoking questions I have just begun to try to answer and begin again.
My photos from the photoshoot :
Photoshoot fun (involving lots of sparkles with the time fairies and smoke machines with the shadow spirits (plus a smoke alarm to add to the excitement!) with The Watchmaker Classical and Street Dance theatre in advance of their 2019 EU tour starting in Switzerland on 11 May. Check out http://www.thewatchmakershow.com/ for more information.
Choreographed by the talented Veronika Sardiko (who is also the artistic director and owner of MyArt Dance and Art Studio in Dublin), The Watchmaker blends classical ballet and street dance in a modern metropolis. ‘The Watchmaker’ presents the reality of people living in a busy modern city. Lost amidst the hustle and bustle of routine, precious moments of life slip by unappreciated. A mysterious and magic fairy tale for kids and adults. Buy tickets here http://tinyurl.com/yydd4kb3.
So what are you searching for this year? Do tell, I’d love to hear.
I’m looking to expand my creative horizons this year – I do love creating fairytales and so much more! Plus, on a more pragmatic level increasing my ps and lighting knowledge should help too!
#fairytale #fairytaleforest #forest #wicklow #ireland #reddress #searching #lost #newyear #creativephotography
It’s been a busy year photography wise. So here are my top nine posts for my dance photography and my dance photography Instagram pages.
Sharing some curtain call memories from a stunning performance of Raymonda in Bayerisches Staatsballet on 10 October 2018. There were so many curtain calls, I lost count! Always a good test of photography skills – so many unknowns (location/timing/lighting……) – good preparation for when I get to take some backstage photos during a performance!
Another simply wonderful evening at watching Raymonda with @sergeipolunin as Jean de Briene. An absolute joy to watch. What a stellar trio @sergeipolunin @osielgouneo @ryzhkovaksenia, a vision in white – bravo @jeanettekakareka and a wonderful corps du ballet.
I can’t wait for my next trip to the Bayerisches Staatsballet!
I was lucky enough to shoot some stills from the dream sequence in the forest for dancer Aleksandra Bilgic. The video was shot by the super talented Fruit Frame Films – my first time shooting stills during a videoshoot and hopefully not my last!
Such a great afternoon (though I was wrapped up well – not like Aleksandra dancing in her bare feet in the forest). We even used (or rather tried to use) smoke grenades – I definitely need these for my next shoot!
Some behind the scenes shots of the fun here:
And here is a few storyboard shots involving the dream sequence:
Such a joy to be involved in the pre-planning of this shoot too, from sourcing smoke grenades to location scouting. However, the real star is the creative director and dancer Aleksandra, her enthusiasm for the project was infectious, her attention to detail from start to finish second to none and as she danced in the freezing cold forest in her bare feet, her dedication to her art and her vision shone true. Well done Aleks, you should be very proud.
Last month, I was absolutely thrilled to find out that I won the design category of the Volkswagen Ireland Snapshot Competition with one of my favorite dancer shots. I took the shot in August after I had seen this amazing street art. Once I had located the wings (with the help of some friends), I knew I had to get a shot with a ballerina and Aleksandra Bilgic (Dublin Bellydance Project) was the perfect dancer to collaborate with for this shoot. She came armed with a white tutu and loads of energy and we spent several hours on a bank holiday Sunday running (and jumping) around Smithfield much to the amusement of locals and passers-by.
So to win a prize for a shot I really love is just an absolute bonus. Plus, I can’t wait to get my hands on the graphics tablet prize!
Since I posted this photo on Instagram, I had lots of requests about where exactly the street art is located. However, it looks like the building is up for demolition now as it went on fire a week or two after I took the shot. Just shows you that you really have to seize every opportunity when it happens.