My original image, and (below) another from the set.
I came across one of these online the other day so dug out some more - they're from a dance competition a while back with a variety of styles for each battle, including Krump, Breakdance, Tutting, Boogaloo and House:
1000 Pieces Puzzle is a Belgium / UK dance & education exchange. Artists on the programme went on a two-week residency in Brussels and London, taking part in workshops around choreography and dance, as well as developing their entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
I photographed the culmination of the project, a performance at Rich Mix in Shoreditch:
I covered a 'Relaxed Performance' of Mamma Mia for Mousetrap Theatre Projects. These are for families who have children with special needs, and provide an opportunity for young people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment.
I've shot a few of these, and look for images of families enjoying the shows in the stalls, but usually the light drops off considerably beyond the fourth or fifth rows closest to the stage, and with limited access to shoot from the front (sometimes I'll shoot from a box, or in front of the edge of the stage), coverage can be quite tricky and limiting.
This was taken from the gods - I'm not really sure why I was up there in the first place, as it's very dark - I'd enough of the usual images, and I often wander around locations for ideas, if I can. In any case, it hadn't occurred to me at all to look for silhouettes, but I noticed one boy dancing (something you wouldn't see usually - I imagine Abba fans can only tap their feet politely at a regular performance), but here everyone is free to express themselves.
The performers themselves comment afterwards on the incredible energy in the audience, and the families have a fantastic experience, at what (I assume) must be a fairly rare opportunity for many.
The curtain call of the very last performance of War Horse at the New London Theatre. It has run for eight years and won 25 major awards. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo (pictured), it tells the story of Joey, sequestered into the British cavalry during World War One, and his owner, Albert, who enlists to bring him safely home.
For the first time since the show opened in 2008, all of the Four Seasons have been replaced. I was commissioned to shoot the new cast in rehearsal at the Piccadilly Theatre.
I was invited to East London Dance to cover Collabo, an annual collaborative and interpretative showcase between performers and choreographers.