Things They Said

Things They Said – multicultural youth dance performance in Ballarat.
Choreographer Shermaine Heng and dancers. Continue reading

Dance is Bourne in Melbourne

It is always a joy to photograph dance for me, bringing together my two favourite things!

On this occasion I photographed two parts of an upcoming July performance – so you could get to see the full outcome of this wonderful work!! See this link for more information. Also check out my photo of Rain Francis and Simon Storey in Dance Informa magazine as you scroll down the page.

With a theme of ‘Balance’, DanceBourne Arts will soon treat you to a programme of work by three choreographers. I have featured Rain Francis’s work.

I found such amazing shapes taking place in her work and was excited to be there to capture some of that magic unfolding in Rain and Simon’s interactions.

Be sure to see the full piece, it should be a treat!

Meanwhile enjoy a taste test of the creative process….

 

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“Dance, dance otherwise we are lost!”

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2012 has been so much about dance for me…thankfully!

I made the following clip in honour of the wonderful people that I dance with at Body Electric and the prolific amount of work that teacher Jade Duffy does in bringing people back to dance, or perhaps TO dance for the first time in their lives – and makes it accessible.

It’s something special.

Dance, dance otherwise we are lost.

Don’t forget to move your bodies people. Be free. Be adventurous. Be alive!

Your body was made to move, give yourself the gift of moving as freely as you can this new year! Your body will thank you!

Happy New Year all. xo

‘Whatever You Do, Don’t panic!’

You may remember a dancer I photographed in an earlier blog, Rain Francis.

She has her own dance company Rain and Lucky Dance Theatre. They recently performed at the Short and Sweet Festival in Melbourne.

I was delighted to be asked to take some photos at one of their rehearsals and see the work come together in it’s final stages.

Rain’s dancers, Erynne, Jessica and Hanna worked hard  – and some of these stills capture the incredible work that happens in SECONDS,  in a dance piece.

All the talent and hard yakka that went into this piece, is evident in it’s powerful result. It was inspiring to be present for this convergence of experience with expression.

And the audience must have agreed, as Rain and Lucky Dance Theatre won the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations!!

Here’s a glimpse into a choreographer’s work of art, with the help of 3 dancers.

And if you missed it, you still have a chance to see it at the Variety Gala on Dec 9th! Book now!

Breakdance 110% Abc Open

In collaboration with Michelle Dunn Photography, I have now completed this short doco on Ballarat breakdancer, Jami Blomeley.

This was made for Abc Open’s project called 110%.

If anyone is 110%, Jami is. He lives, breathes, dances, teaches and competes Hip Hop.

He owns and runs Ballarat’s first Hip Hop specialty school, Existdance encouraging all ages to celebrate and enjoy the skills of Hip Hop, Break and other street styles.

Although his own skills are impressive, he also has the patience and passion to nurture beginners.

Jami got into the Top 100 in Australia’s first season of So You Think You Can Dance, but it’s not just about his own career.

He creates events, competitions and battles to give all his students experience and expertise to drive them forward.

See if he doesn’t inspire you!

Thanks to Marc Eiden at Abc Open, for his guidance and patience on this project.

Body Electric Megapixels live!

Body Electric put on another great show in April 2012 at The Palace Theatre, Melbourne.

Ever wondered what goes on backstage at one of these epic performances?

Well see the video below for a glimpse into the preparation of one group…. The Megapixels.

It was  a night of vibrancy. Characters, colour and charisma.

What else would you expect from the Body Electric crew?!

And check out the super cute song on the clip ‘Girl looks like a robot’,  by jjj unearthed group, Tricksters

Dancing forward

You could say that I am back to where I started.

If you have been with me from my first post, you may remember some images of a fabulous dancer/choreographer and teacher, Helena Yuk.

I have just finished hanging a series of artwork featuring Helena, at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Dance is often described as a series of snapshots that you are asked to create. Going beyond that, it is also the transition between those snapshot moments that really creates the story and draws us in as an audience.

In this series I wanted to show a sense of the transitions as well as the arrived at places.

I feel as though that’s where half the magic is.

To see the rest of the series, you’d have to swing by the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria!

Leaping for life

It’s a new series about LEAPING FOR LIFE!

It’s about the joy, the hard work, the play and the fun of being a dancer.

And who better to give you a taste test, than dancer/performer Danica Lani.

She can outlast a room full of bouncing children leaping off tables and dancing the night away. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

She’s a life coach too, so she can guide you in how to get more out of YOU!

So step forward into this lively world with me, it will become an exhibition of shots you have not seen yet!!

Love life.

Rain and Shine

Recently I attended a Choreographic workshop at Chunky Move studios.

There I met a dancer by the name of Rain Francis.

I had an idea for a portrait and after seeing Rain perform in Melenie Crowe’s ‘Duality’, it seemed that she might be just the right person for the shoot.

So as dark as they are, it was Rain’s shine that inspired these images.