05/10/2010. Akram Khan Company presents "Vertical Road" at Sadlers' Wells, London. Yen-Ching Lin and Salah El Brogy perform in the multi-award winning Sadler's Wells Associate Artist's new work. Khan joins forces with fellow Sadler's Wells Associate Artist, Nitin Sawhney, who adds a specially commissioned score.

Well, yesterday was a bit of a fantastic whirlwind! Scheduled to shoot one dance photocall, I then found out about a second, across town, directly afterwards. I couldn’t not seize the opportunity! So, the wonderful “Vertical Road” by Akram Khan, with dancers Salah El Brogy and Yen-Ching Lin, at Sadler’s Wells was first. What a beautiful and mesmerising piece! Not only that but Akram was kind enough to make sure we photographers had enough light to work with and selected key visual extracts for us to shoot. Highly unusual and very considerate!

Having jumped into a taxi with a colleague, we hared over to the Barbican for the photocall for “I drink the air before me”, choreographed by Stephen Petronio. Stephen remained up a piece of rigging, dressed as a sailor, to oversee the proceedings.

It was never revealed how this fitted into the piece as we were shooting the ensemble performing extracts that did not involve him. Still, it made for an unusual sight!

05/10/2010. Stephen Petronio Company presents "I Drink the Air Before Me" at the Barbicam. The piece takes its title from a line in "The Tempest" by Shakespeare and is inspired by storms, both environmental and internal.

Once again, we were asked if the lighting was sufficient. Twice in one day! It was for me, anyway, as I was road-testing my new Nikon D3s which practically sees in the dark. It was wonderful not to have to compromise so heavily on shutter speed or depth of field. It gets another outing this afternoon for a circus-based piece. Hurrah!

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