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“To capture dance, the trained eye has to be more than aesthetic, it must be kinesthetic – and of course it must be in love with the subject. Christopher has all this, and he has captured the spirit of not only the dancers but also of Jacob’s Pillow itself.”
–Ella Baff, former Executive Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
“Thanks for capturing some great moments from such a special week …. Surely one I will NEVER forget, especially now with these Awesome photos!!!! Both you and Nel captured so beautifully this project for me, before, during, and even a bit after. How super special this is to me!!!!”
“Thank you for the incredibly fun shoot! All the dancers had a ball, and we’re definitely looking forward to working with you again.”
Dance Films with Nel Shelby
My wife Nel and I both believe deeply in the preservation and promotion of dance, and we often team up to provide artists with a complete package for their upcoming productions.
Her dance film company, Nel Shelby Productions, makes standout video for dance artists every day. It’s amazing to see what she and her team creates, and I’m humbled to be a part of her business.
My wife Nel, a dance videographer, helped me get my start in photographing dance.
All it took was one choreographer, open to having me at her dress rehearsal (thanks, Adele Myers!) and I never turned back. Now, I’ve photographed dance artists in cultural hotspots from New York to Chicago and beyond, and I’ve been the Festival Photographer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance in the Berkshires since 2005.
Over and over again, I am wowed by the generosity and creativity of the incredible dance artists I photograph at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in New York City. Photographing dance in performance is always a fun and exciting challenge – how to capture the essence of a choreographer’s work in a split second (and usually without ever seeing the dance before that moment). Making creative dance portraits with artists in the studio or in natural light gives a chance to collaborate and play.
My dance photography experience constantly pushes me forward in so many ways, giving me a better sense of play with light, better sense of movement, better anticipation of the perfect moment.
See More of my Dance Photography on my Blog…
I love working with brilliant artists who perform on the Pillow stages and teach in The School. Pillow artists I was able to collaborate with in creative portraits this summer include: Elisa Clark, James Whiteside and Cassandra Trenary, Catherine Cabeen, and Chloe Davis and Beatrice Capote.read more
I had an incredible time at Jacob’s Pillow making photos with Eiko Otake for her site-specific work, A Body at the Pillow. Her solo performance was a one day only event all around the historic Jacob’s Pillow grounds.read more
Over the last several weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors with the dancers in the contemporary and ballet programs. The School attracts top students from around the world – the contemporary program alone has dancers representing nine different countries!read more
Paul Taylor Dance Company returned to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2017 after many, many performances here since their Pillow debut in 1964. This year, four dancers from the company worked with me to make beautiful portraits.read more
I’m excited to share more tap images from Jacob’s Pillow – this time switching focus from the performing artists onstage to the students at The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s tap program. The tap program was led by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Michelle Dorrance.read more
TIRELESS: A Tap Dance Experience brought incredibly talented and passionate tap dancers from around the globe to Jacob’s Pillow. Michelle Dorrance of Dorrance Dance curated and initiated this program at the Pillow in collaboration with Director Pamela Tatge. Dorrance invited Reona and Takashi Seo of Japan, Jumaane Taylor and M.A.D.D. Rhythms of Chicago, Joe Orrach of San Francisco, and Joseph and Josette Wiggan of Los Angeles to the show to share their magic.read more