Or, perhaps, this way?
I took the two pictures that are blended together to compose this shot during the fifth rehearsal of Company B (see here) I attended.
Since I’d already had quite a lot of photographs from the previous rehearsals (including the dress rehearsal earlier in the day), I was more creative with the shots… looking at different lighting, reflections, and so forth.
I was lucky that the dancer maintained the same pose throughout, and even luckier that I was able to capture the ballerina in roughly the same pose as she moved around him.
This is my third and final set of shots taken from last Friday’s performance at the Beijing Dance Academy.
And, also, my final set of photographs from my time watching Company B develop there. It was a truly wonderful experience.
These pictures are from last Wednesday evening’s rehearsal. It was a complete run-through, but most of the cast weren’t in costumes (due to tailoring needs and such).
The last photograph was given to the cast after the end of their final performance with Richard in town, with him signing most of the photographs.
Friday’s rehearsal was a complete run-through with the second cast, brief notes, and then a run through with the first cast. Still shot with work lights (camera set at 3200 ISO).
The majority of the shots were taken with my newly purchased Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G, which is the fastest lens that I’ve ever used (my 85 mm is 1.8). Unfortunately, I was still getting used to it during much of the first run-through.
Pictures from yesterday’s rehearsal at the Beijing Dance Academy. Rehearsals have now moved onto the stage.
Pictures from today’s rehearsal at the Beijing Dance Academy for an upcoming performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company classic, Company B. Leading the rehearsal (and doing the staging of the ballet) is Richard Chen See.
The dancers are first and second year students at the academy.
It’s been quite a few years since I’ve done dance photography, something for which I’ve had a longstanding passion.
btw, I took over 500 shots to get these five; something that I totally expected before shooting the rehearsal.