Daniil Simkin

Daniil Simkin

Daniil Simkin, James Whiteside & Isabella Boylston

Daniil Simkin, James Whiteside & Isabella Boylston

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James Whiteside

Blaine Hoven

Blaine Hoven

 

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…

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Céline Cassone in rehearsal

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Daniil Simkin & his dad Dmitrij who designed the show

There’s a lot of activity they’re involved in, and Daniil Simkin and his INTENSIO dancers were gracious enough to make time for me and allow me to capture them in more than performance. This dance photo essay features shots from backstage in performance, from the house in dress rehearsal, and in the studio while they were warming up. They made time for a quick portrait session with me in my Natural Light Studio inbetween shows on a Saturday afternoon. This story is not comprehensive at all, because there’s so much to cover, but I think it gives you a good glimpse into the life of a Pillow artist each summer.

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Daniil Simkin, James Whiteside & Alexandre Hammoudi in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Islands of Memories”

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Curtain call: Alexandre Hammoudi, Céline Cassone, Daniil Simkin, Cassandra Trenary, Calvin Royal III

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Dmitrij & Daniil Simkin with Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Philip Szporer

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Gregory Dolbashian, Dmitrij & Daniil Simkin, Philip Szporer

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Céline Cassone with Gregory Dolbashian

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Gregory Dolbashian working with the dancers of INTENSIO

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James Whiteside

Celine & Daniil Simkin

Celine & Daniil Simkin

Cassandra Trenary of American Ballet Theatre by Christopher Duggan

Cassandra Trenary

Calvin Royal III by Christopher Duggan Photography

Calvin Royal III

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Alexandre Hammoudi & Blaine Hoven

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The Pillow crew working with the INTENSIO mirrors

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INTENSIO warm-up

Céline Cassone & Daniil Simkin in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Islands of Memories”

Céline Cassone & Daniil Simkin in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Islands of Memories”

INTENSIO mirrors

INTENSIO mirrors

Calvin Royal III & my daughter G

Calvin Royal III & my daughter G

Christopher Duggan and Nel Shelby, Manhattan-based husband and wife team, make photos & video with dance artists every summer at Jacob’s Pillow. They work throughout the year with dancers & choreographers in NYC & beyond. Click here to subscribe to Christopher’s Pillow series via email.




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