I was honored to be awarded Photographer of the Year in two categories of the In the WPGA 4th annual Pollux Awards in London. In the People category, West of Eden took the prize and Suspended Women in Rehearsal -A piece by The Buglisi Dance Theatre won in the Performing Arts category.
Juried by Dilip Bhatia the contest received 2900 images submitted from 42 countries.
West Of Eden
Suspended Women in Rehearsal
Buglisi Dance Theatre 20th Anniversary Season at the Joyce Theater
Virginie Victoire Mecene and Kevin Predmore
The more I look at the dancers and the dance
the emotions and grace evoked – the stories told
I see more each time
the sinuous connections
existing in the liminal space
where the dancers are momentarily suspended in the space between two worlds…
Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi,the Board of Directors and the Benefit Committee celebrated 20 Years of artistry and inspired service to the community on Wednesday evening at an event at the beautiful Columbus Citizens Foundation Townhouse.
As flag bearers of arts and culture, Buglisi Dance Theatre bridges boundaries through collaborations that transcend all barriers.
Honoring – Matilda Raffa Cuomo
First Mother, First Lady of New York (1983-95 ) Founder of Mentoring USA In the presence of ~Consul General of New York, Mrs. Natalia Quintavalle.
The company performed excerpts from 3 pieces Requiem, Prelude and This is Forever.
This is all building up to the 20th Anniversary season at the Joyce theater in February.
I am always honored to photograph for the company and can’t wait till February…
The other night I was thrilled to photograph at the National Dance Institute . The Buglisi Dance Theatre performed excerpts from my favorite piece, Suspended Women. I began photographing backstage, while the dancers were dressing and then during a short rehearsal. I love watching the creative process, seeing the dancers inhabit the choreographer’s vision. The language of dance is universal and as Jacqulyn so beautifully says it ignites the imagination.
Suspended Women speaks to the duality of a woman’s identity; tender femininity paired with a vivacious strength. The colorful pastel dresses are in silk, chiffon, feathers and sequins. Some flow freely while others wobble with a hoop skirt to the sounds of Maurice Ravel’s Gloria. The eclectic dresses added a romantic timelessness to the piece.
The other night I was thrilled to photograph at the National Dance Institute at a special Memorial and Celebration for Shaun O’Brien and Cris Alexander who were principal dancers at the New York City Ballet with Jacques d’Amboise.
Through in-school partnerships, workshops, and public performances, NDI uses dance as a catalyst to engage children and motivate them towards excellence.
“The arts open your heart and mind to possibilities that are limitless. They are pathways that touch upon our brains and emotions and bring sustenance to imagination. Human beings’ greatest form of communication, they walk in tandem with science and play, and best describe what it is to be human.”
Threshold, is an erotically-charged duet about life and death, performed by Buglisi Dance Theatre company members Virginie Mecene and Kevin Predmore to music by Arvo Pärt. I was thrilled to watch and photograph a rehearsal of the piece last night at New 42nd Street Studios.
It is always a pleasure to create images for the Buglisi Dance Theatre’s performances and the May 1st spring benefit, An Affair to Remember, was especially beautiful. It took place at Artisanal House where the dancers were in the space as “living peace sculptures”, followed by excerpted performances of the Table of Silence, Requiem and Jacqulyn’s new piece commissioned by David DeSilva “This is Forever” – which was also screened throughout the evening on film – and Jacques d’Amboise who read from his book “I Was a Dancer”.