“Throughout her career, Graham was fascinated by visionaries and prophets. In ”Spectre-1914,” Xin Ying is a prophet beholding appalling visions of war as she rises tall and awesome in a black robe. She then manipulated the robe to show its reverse side, making her seem encased in a blood-red shroud.” -Jack Anderson
In my infrared interpretation the robe is white and blue…
Performed by Xin Ying.
“In “Embattled Garden,” from 1958, Graham—a lover of myth—tackled the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. (The garden is represented by a field of reeds, designed by Isamu Noguchi). ” -from a New Yorker Review
Performed by So Young An, Lloyd Mayor, Natasha Diamond-Walker, Abdiel Jacobsen.
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I had a wonderful time attending and photographing the fabulous performances and gala for Buglisi Dance Theatre‘s 25th Anniversary Season. I have been photographing the Buglisi dancers for many years and am always amazed at their talent and grace.
Bare to the Wall Suite performed by So Young An, Ari Mayzick, Blakeley White-McGuire, Abdiel Jacobsen, Anne O’Donnell, and Lloyd Knight
Requiem performed by Marie Zvosec, Jessica Higgins, Jessica Sgambelluri, Laura Careless, and Ashley Merker
Moss #5 Variation and Dialogues on What Makes Us Human performed by Blakeley White-McGuire, Jessica Higgins, Jessica Sgambelluri, Stephanie Van Dooren-Eshkenazi, Lara Careless, and Ashley Merker
Visit my website to see more images from the 25th Anniversary Season, as well as more images from Buglisi Dance Theatre performances over the years.
On Wednesday, June 16th, I photographed a wonderful preview performance by the Buglisi Dance Theatre, “Letters of Love on Ripped Paper”. It is a work in progress that will premiere in 2011 and was hosted by Ralph Pucci at his beautiful penthouse. The work is based on love letters through the ages; one is from Napoleon to Josephine:
Your image…the intoxicating pleasure…allow my senses no rest
My soul is broken with grief when I drink from your lips…your heart a scorching flame.
Till then, a thousand kisses, mio dolce amore, set my blood on fire…
I am always thrilled to photograph The Buglisi Dance Theatre and especially enjoy the rehearsals where I can experience moments of the creative and interactive process between the company and choreographer, Jacqulyn Buglisi.In reading the program, in anticipation of writing this post, I understood why I feel such an affinity here. Jacqulyn and the company’s work and the words used to describe what she would like the audience to experience could easily be mine. She speaks with an amazing physical voice and I speak with a visual voice but we speak about the same issues; the celebration of the human spirit and its potential to bring all cultures closer together.
Images from “Caravaggio Meets Hopper ”
Images on the left “Caravaggio Meets Hoppper and on the right “Interplay”
Working with the Buglisi Dance Theatre is an honor.I have had the opportunity to photograph some of the works behind the scenes and the final dress rehearsals.Watching the creative process , seeing the dancers inhabit the choreographers vision is incredibly exciting. The language of dance is universal and as Jacqulyn so beautifully says it ignites the imagination.I look forward to collaborating with them more in the future.
“We believe that dance transcends all boundaries, touching with wonder and inspiration the heart of the heart of man. Its images allow us to recognize within ourselves- each other, our ancestors, and the natural world. From this awareness rises meaning, compassion and ways of knowing the indomitable spirit of man.” As flag-bearers of American culture we are harbingers of a creative vision; we embrace the traditional as we explore new idioms and collaborate with innovative artists from all over the world. Through a language that is timeless and universal, we build our audiences’ awareness of the family of man, igniting imaginations and drawing new generations of artists to the fire of dramatic theatrical dance, and strive to nurture in the global community a personal commitment to dance as a life long process of embracing the terrible beauty of humanity
Nevada Wier is an award-winning travel and fine-art photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Enjoy her musings, creative tips, and practical suggestions. Excelsior!