opening night – all balanchine – pacific northwest ballet – part 1

15 Apr
April 15, 2010

what to even say?  this performance of ‘all balanchine‘ was amazing.  it’s so intimidating to try to capture something (photographically) you greatly admire.  you want to do it justice.  i feel this way with music shows, and i definitely feel this way in regards to the ballet.  music shows are challenging… you have 3 songs to figure out what the lighting is (metric was nightmare-ish- such low, blue light for most of the show), get some decent shots, and then, they tap you on the shoulder and tell you ‘time to go’.  the ballet is intimidating in a completely different way…

dancers spend their workday… from 10am to 7pm… dancing.  their body, and the way it moves, is their work.  the performances are a way of sharing all of that dedication.  i’ve been to maybe 20 performances in my life.  that’s not so many… a few years dancing myself, ballet was a favourite.  but standing in front of a stage… with a camera, and dancers in front of you.  it’s… i don’t really have words.  there’s literally milli-seconds to capture something.  i think of pictures of dancers that i’ve admired, and have a whole new respect.

this performance, i was more prepared than the last one… extra battery, extra memory card, tri-pod.  and even with all of this… i look through what i captured and think… wow, you gotta be fast.  i hope you enjoy.  i wasn’t sure how to break them up, and literally couldn’t edit and re-edit enough.  if it’s too many… sorry.  it was such a beautiful performance.  what i remember of it.  it’s hard to capture those milli-seconds and still WATCH what’s happening.  but i thoroughly enjoyed it.  for deals on tickets click here, and to see all the pictures click

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6 replies
  1. Elicia says:

    beautiful! i love this image – dance means a lot to me and I feel you captured a wonderful moment

  2. jaunty magpie says:

    Oh my gosh. These are truly breathtaking!

  3. Gail James says:

    Your photos are beautiful. Their clarity conveys the precision of the dancers perfectly.

  4. Amy says:

    Your photos are beautiful. Their clarity conveys the precision of the dancers perfectly.

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