Reona Seo & Takashi Seo 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2017 | TIRELESS: A Tap Dance Experience

by | Jul 6, 2017 | Dance

Tap dancing through week two of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

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.

It’s always interesting to me when I can photograph a show at Jacob’s Pillow from front of house and backstage. The different vantage points and energies in the photos of the show. Photographing from the front of house is for press and to capture the feel of the show as if you’re in the audience. Photos from backstage give more intimate moments, energy and emotion, and they usually don’t show the full body.

Reona Seo & Takashi Seo 
Reona and Takashi Seo
Takashi Seo
I also made creative portraits with the tap artists during the week. Creative portraits are my collaboration with the artist and the natural environment. There are three artists in every portrait: dancer, photographer, environment.

One of the challenges of making portraits with tap dancers is: How do I take tap off the stage? What does that mean? And how can I incorporate the Jacob’s Pillow natural environment in a tap portrait?

I loved having these inspired moments about how we could bring tap dance outside. In Reona and Takashi Seo’s AUN, Reona dances on an overturned washtub. As soon as I saw the washtub, I knew that’s how we’d elevate her in the field on the Pillow grounds.

We even got to include their daughter Fuko in their portrait session!

Reona and Takashi Seo
Reona Seo
Joseph and Josette Wiggan
Siblings Joseph and Josette Wiggan performed Harmony: Tap In Motion. It was really fun making photos with them. We went behind the Ted Shawn Theatre to create portraits together, which gave yet another view of the theatre space.
Joseph and Josette Wiggan
Joseph and Josette Wiggan
Josette & Joseph Wiggan
Josette & Joseph Wiggan
M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Supreme Love by Jumaane Taylor and the M.A.D.D Rhythms was dynamic onstage, and I knew I needed to find that feeling outdoors, too. I had the pleasure of capturing some wonderful images of Ian Berg on the Pillow grounds, and we brought a tap stage with us to the pasture.
Jumaane Taylor of M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Ian Berg of M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Ian Berg of M.A.D.D. Rhythms

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