A silhouette

"Dancers perform during a dress rehearsal of Senior Arlynn Zachary's original work in Todd Dance Studio at Goucher College Thursday, May 5, 2011."

I shot this dance dress rehearsal last night. I was loving the silhouettes.

And now, time to work on my Senior thesis.

Goucher College Dance: ‘Looked at but Not Seen’

“Georgia Speier ’11 performs during a dress rehearsal of Ashley Evans’ Senior Dance Concert ‘Looked at but Not Seen’ in the Todd Dance Studio at Goucher College Thursday, March 31, 2011.”

"Courtney Colarik '11 performs during a dress rehearsal of Senior Ashley Evans' Senior Dance Concert, 'Looked at but Not Seen,' Thursday, March 31, 2011."

Before last night, I hadn’t shot any dance in a few months. I was quickly reminded of how much I genuinely enjoy shooting dance performances like these, though. I’ve shot countless performances at Goucher, and the choreography and displays of light and color have consistently made for good pictures.

Looked at but Not Seen‘ was one of the best I’ve seen in that regard. I don’t know anything about dance, but visually, it was pretty stunning.

Chaotic moments with dancers and objects going in every direction were balanced by lonesome, quiet, and intimate ones.

I think these two photographs show that duality.

Singers, dancers light up stage at ‘A Glimpse of Africa’

 

"Kwame Ansah Brew, professor and Ghanaian drummer, performs at the 'A Glimpse of Africa' celebration of Black History Month at Goucher College Saturday, February 27, 2011."

"Towson University's Rhythm Step Team dances in formation the 'A Glimpse of Africa' celebration of Black History Month at Goucher College Saturday, February 27, 2011."

“Maimouna Youssef, Grammy nominated singer and songwriter, sings at the ‘A Glimpse of Africa’ celebration of Black History Month at Goucher College Saturday, February 27, 2011.”

Goucher College’s Programming Board paired with Umoja, Goucher’s Black Student Union, to put on the second annual ‘A Glimpse of Africa’ celebration in honor of Black History Month last week.

I had a front row seat so I could get photographs, and the energy coming out of some of the performances was invigorating. I couldn’t stop clicking my shutter.

It’s a shame that the Hyman Forum’s plain wooden paneled backdrop is so disgustingly boring, because it really detracted from these vibrant displays of rhythm, song, spoken word, dance, and color.

And because I know that the lighting is always so awful on that stage, I figured I’d play around with exposure and motion this time around. The movements were so fast in most of the acts, so I decided to emphasize the blurring.

The show certainly got everyone amped up for a dark, sweaty, and crowded after-party dance in the Gopher Hole later that night.

Dancers collaborate for Poe dedication performance

 

"Dancers rehearse "The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allen Poe" in the Harriet Sauber Eisner Dance Studio at Goucher College Sunday, October 3, 2010. The performance is directed by Producer and Goucher Faculty member, Christopher Fleming."

*The Chronicle of Higher Education published the article last week, as well as a gallery of my photographs from the rehearsal. Click here to view the article and gallery!*

Lately, I’ve been very lucky to come across so many excellent opportunities that will help me as I prepare to graduate from Goucher College.

The Chronicle of Higher Education will shortly be unveiling a new blog to add to their website. Included in the first group of posts will be a story on the production of “The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allen Poe,” a dance performance created by renowned director, choreographer, and Goucher faculty member, Christopher Fleming. I was asked to take photographs of the dress rehearsal for The Chronicle.

I sent them a sampling of the different types of shots I got from Sunday’s rehearsal, which included close-ups, medium range shots, and wide shots. My photographs will be used in the blog post, as well as in a slideshow consisting of 20-25 of the images I sent them.

The dance program is very popular at Goucher, so I’ve shot lots of rehearsals and performances during my time here.

The lighting is never good, and because I’m not a dancer at all, I have no idea what to expect out of these performances. Shooting dance is always challenging, and that’s why I enjoy it so much. It forces you to really focus on what you’re doing.