Dance in Focus presented a unique opportunity for aspiring photographers to work with acclaimed dance photographer Chris Nash, to gain skills in capturing movement and directing dancers for camera.
A series of two-day courses took place at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, where participants had access to professional dancers and were able to work collaboratively using theatre lighting, flash lighting, photographing choreographed movement and group work.
The resulting photographs were then selected for a special Dance in Focus photography exhibition, curated by Chris Nash, and exhibited at City Hall.
The images displayed at this exhibition inspired a new dance work, created by Hubert Essakow, in collaboration with composer Gabriel Prokofiev and cellist Peter Gregson.
The piece was performed, complete with live music, at a special private viewing of the Dance in Focus exhibition at City Hall, and also featured a lecture and Q&A session with Chris Nash.
"I've done many, many workshops over the years and these have definitely been the best, as reflected in both the quality of the images produced by the participants and their enthusiasm and enjoyment in every aspect of the course."- Chris Nash, Dance Photographer and Dance in Focus Project Leader
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for a brilliant course last week. I really enjoyed the two days, we were so lucky to have the wonderful studio, fabulous dancers and of course all Chris Nash’s help and encouragement!" – Photography Course Participant
You can find out more about Dance in Focus, and other Big Dance 2012 projects at our Dance is the Word blog
Float Dance is a short film produced in response to Dance in Focus- a dance and photography project presented by English National Ballet, West London Hub for Big Dance 2012.
Choreographed by Hubert Essakow and set to music of Gabriel Prokofiev and Peter Gregson, the piece is inspired by a unique photography exhibition taken by Dance in Focus participants and curated by Chris Nash.
Dance in Focus on Tour
A selection of photographs from the Dance in Focus project are now available to interested venues, free of charge, in a special exhibition curated by Chris Nash.
For more information, please.
(Photograph below: Daniel Paul Jones)