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Monday, June 29, 2009

CHANGING PLACES by Susan Vencl



I was invited to take pictures at the Cunningham Dance Studio, at Westbeth, 55 Bethune St. in the Village.   My friend, Susan, an independent choreographer, was presenting 3 performances
of her latest dance, CHANGING PLACES, and I went 'back stage', so to speak, to watch the warm ups of dancers, technicians and the stage preparations.  




I had no idea that I would quickly lose the above photo opportunity, as heavy curtains were drawn to create in intimate stage setting


Testing the complex lighting systems quickly followed

Above is Susan, on the right, with her five dancers

The dancers are:  Lisa Bostwick, Erin Pellecchia, Sara Roer, Julia Sabangan, Lindy Schmedt

                                                    
Sound Engineer, Nathan Leigh, 
sporting a great mohawk

Lighting Designer:  Mike Riggs

Costumer:  Sydney Maresca

Music by Steve Reich, Composition:
Drumming, 1970


More testing and many more spectacular shots as each light was tested



                                                A rest.  NOT in the script!

For more about Susan Vencl, her latest dance and previous work, go to



2 comments:

  1. Your photography gets better and better. Shot one reminds me of the work of a photographer who lectured to my social group last week. He would have been very much in favour of the moving figure. What a lovely chance to take these shots.

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  2. Thanks Susan for making this link from your website. I enjoyed the performance very much!

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