Performing arts has different phraseology, different emphases than visual arts. I have learned over the past several years how even a fraction of an inch in the foot position, or a finger tip position make a great deal of difference in ballet, if the vocabulary and syntax of the art are to be correct. In photography we have a somewhat different vocabulary. Whereas ballet is a three-dimensional art, photography is two-dimensional. Where ballet, like many other performing arts, is fleeting, photography is more permanent. So, it has been a great experience for me to work on a special project with the Festival Ballet Providence dancer Vilia Putrius and to photograph altogether 12 dancers over the course of more than one year. The first group of photographs were taken on June 12, 2013 and the last, on 7/31/2014. After 2,000+ photographs and almost that many hours of selecting, editing, and making them ready to print I am very pleased to present the Ballet Off Stage collection which will be unveiled on October 5, 2014 at the Festival Ballet Providence studios at 825 Hope Street in Providence. Read on …
Vilia and I shared a common interest of taking ballet off stage. Since I got involved with Festival Ballet Providence I wanted to photograph dancers in more “natural” settings. Vilia shared the same interest and we collaborated on this special project that allowed me once more to bring photography and ballet together. During the upcoming special event “Collaborations” you will see and experience the result of this collaboration. Our efforts took us to many corners of Rhode Island as well as many corners of some historic houses where their owners welcomed us into their homes as a backdrop for our project.
Save the date, October 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM for a special event where we will unveil the result of this over a year journey. You will get a chance to meet the members of this collaboration from the dancers to our gracious guests, from the main collaborators to our supportive friends, and see the fabulous ballet photographs that were brought to life by the fantastic dancers and the art of photography that makes these fleeting moments permanent.
In addition to meeting the collaborative team, you will also have the unique opportunity to witness these talented artists at work, by watching an open class and rehearsal by the FBP company dancers. The evening also features complimentary food from five acclaimed local restaurants, Aspire, B. Pinelli’s Simply Italian, Camille’s, Circe, Mill’s Tavern, as well as wine pairings courtesy of Rhode Island Distributing.
Tickets are $50 per person and the space is limited to 150. I will greatly appreciate your support of FBP by coming to the event and then bidding on the photographs that will help raise funds for the FBP. Entire proceeds of the sales of the exhibited photographs will benefit Festival Ballet Providence. You can book your tickets online before they sell out.
Featuring: Ballet Off Stage photographic collection
Date: October 5, 2014
Time: 5 PM
Location: 825 Hope Street, Providence, RI
Here are a few photographs from several photo sessions. Thanks to my friend and collaborator Jim Turner for most of the photographs below, Jan’s are marked, all the rest are Jim’s photographs.