Festival Ballet Providence started the season with Together We Dance, a program featuring many guest dancers from Canada to Miami, from Boston Ballet to Dutch National Ballet as well as the FBP company dancers. They were all fantastic and I will post more about the performance but I would like to start with a solo performance by Greta Hodgkinson, Disarmed. It was a fast pace, highly dynamic piece that showcased her body control and artistry.
I photographed her during the dress rehearsal and then later during the live performance. After a few standard photographs that captured her in striking poses, I decided to use long exposure shots to capture her movement in one frame. The process is totally unpredictable since I do not know the piece intimately. I started a long exposure at a random place and hoped for interesting moves accumulating on the frame, then another, … Some worked better than others, I eliminated some and Greta kindly helped me to narrow the selection to a good collection. After that, I have eliminated some to yield the following series that showcase her remarkable journey through Disarmed to the music of Philip Glass, Metamorphosis IV. Her performance was breathless, breathtaking, exciting, filled with energy and grace.
I hope you can find some of her dance in these still photographs with which I tried to capture the Disarmed experience. Some photographs may evoke a feeling of an out-of-body experience, she is standing and laying down; moving yet still; and in all, she is wonderful. The short video slide show will give you a taste of the music; alas, you need to imagine her movements.