Outside the Ted Shawn Theater last night, I could hear the booming of the Dorrance Dance tap dancers on stage, their sound only dwarfed by the thunderous applause from the audience. They are all fantastic, the dancers and the musicians.
I’ve photographed the company a few times here at the Pillow and each time I find myself swaying and stepping to their music. It’s a tough thing to photograph tap. How do you show in a photo the rhythm, the music, the energy of what’s coming from their feet? Unlike other forms of dance, they are not making form and line with there bodies. Not sure I’ve answered that question for myself yet.
Last year I photographed BODYTRAFFIC at The Joyce Theater in NYC and at least one other time, too.
I love working with companies that I’m familiar with because there is a sense of comfort with each other. I have a deeper understanding of what the company is about and I think that informs the images I make. I’ve shot each of these pieces before. So I try to see something new and to capture the dance in a fresh way, allowing myself to still be surprised.
After two weeks of ballet class and ballet students from around the globe, the Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop program started. What a different atmosphere each bring! The students from each program are amazingly talented, but wow how different these art forms look and FEEL!
Here’s what happens after Hip-Hop class when the students are hanging together in the Tea Garden.