As usual, the rate of work increased and I couldn’t keep up the running commentary via this blog. so, here’s a round-up of some of the work I had published during the Edinburgh Festivals 2015, in no particular order. Hopefully, there’ll be a follow up post with some of the pictorial highlights, given that the best work is often not published!
This week has been very colourful, to say the least. The dress rehearsal of Le Coq D’Or (The Golden Cockerel), which forms part of the Diaghilev Festival, brought to London by Andris Liepa and the “Moscow State Music Theatre for Young Audience named after Natalia Sats”, took place on Tuesday, at the Coliseum. The vivid costumes and sets made for very vibrant photographs, which contrasted nicely with the pared down (literally) costume and set in “The Anatomy of an Afternoon” danced by the lithe and amazing Paul White, in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, on Thursday.
Paul won the UK National Dance Award for Outstanding Performance last year, for Meryl Tankard’s “The Oracle”, also at the Southbank. Having photographed the dress run of this performance, I was particularly keen to see the new piece, and he did not disappoint. A man in perfect control of every part of his body, it was astonishing to see him just being in the stiller parts of the production.
And then, back to the Coliseum, to photograph the wonderful conductor, Alevtina Ioffe. I was delighted to notice the hugely talented Ioffe at the dress rehearsal and immediately put in a request to photograph her for my Leading Ladies project (see previous post). Luckily, she was happy to participate, so back I went to the Colly on Friday afternoon and did the portraits in the auditorium, before she went back to rehearsing Petrushka, during which I took photographs of her at work. Normally only seeing the back of the head, and the occasional flourish of baton, from the stalls, it was fantastic to see the orchestra’s view of a conductor in full flow. The passion, absorption and concentration was wonderful to witness.