Jacob’s Pillow Dance Photos 2015 | Pillow Off-Stage, My Creative Portraits

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Photos 2015 | Pillow Off-Stage, My Creative Portraits

Maybe it has something to do with me being at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for 10 years, but I took it a little slower this summer. I had fewer portrait sessions, but dug a little deeper into each of them and really relaxed into it. I was once again wowed by the generosity and creativity and willingness of these incredible artists with intensely busy schedules to make time to do something special. I hope that these creative portraits reflect the beauty of the Pillow as a whole. 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance 2015 | Photo Essay: Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO

Jacob’s Pillow Dance 2015 | Photo Essay: Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO

Artists go through a very busy week when they come to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and are pulled in many different directions. It’s more than warming up and performing. It’s participating in Pillow events for donors and guests, talking about their creative inspiration in Post-Show Talks, attending champagne toasts after opening night and a cast party after Saturday’s evening performance…

Jacob’s Pillow Dance 2015 | Daniel Ulbricht & Jessica Lang Dance Photos

Jacob’s Pillow Dance 2015 | Daniel Ulbricht & Jessica Lang Dance Photos

It’s great to have Daniel Ulbricht & his star ballet friends back at Jacob’s Pillow. Rebecca Krohn and Tyler Angle are back this summer, too. For the second year in a row, Daniel’s show is fantastic, and these artists are performing beautiful works. I was able to photograph the first piece live during performance, and all of the other dances during dress rehearsal.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Portraits | Natural Light Studio 2014

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Portraits | Natural Light Studio 2014

Last week I admitted that it took me six years to work up the courage to ask artists to spend time with me making dance portraits. When I finally did, I started making tons of photos. For the past three summers (2012, 2013 & 2014) I’ve asked dance artists at Jacob’s Pillow to join me in my Natural Light Studio to create beautiful photos together. These are just some of my favorites from last summer 2014.

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