Date: June 22
Time: 6 pm
Tickets: $10 at the door
Location: Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77011
The project is called "Motion / Light / Form". The show tonight will feature a static exhibit of photographs, plus a short individual dance performance by many of the artists featured in the photographs. Much like "the photos come to life." The dance performance will precede the general viewing of the photographs.
The exhibit is a collection of photographs that I have taken through the years, highlighting dancers and various dance genre in Houston. The project is open ended, in that it constantly evolves with each new dancer photographed. What started naively as a project to capture "dance movements", has evolved into an entity that showcases how each individual dancer expresses passion, form, emotion and style differently from one another.
The project started when I was the photographer for Danzarts, which included both a Flamenco and Folklorico company. After almost three years, I branched out to pursue Modern/Contemporary dance. For the past 2 years, I have followed this course with an occasional foray into Ballet. It has been a humbling and exciting experience to collaborate with all the great choreographers and artists on this project. There are still so many to follow!
The project is truly a collaboration between me and each individual artist. One project is not used as a yardstick for another and one project is not meant to duplicate the other. This is not choreography for the camera or "dancing for the lens". Absolutely nothing is scripted between the two of us, and there are no preconceived expectations from the session. The dancers choose their costumes, what music they will dance to and what movements they want to perform. We shoot on a totally blackened stage at either The Barn or Frenetic Theater, with the only light coming from two strobes that I have set up on the stage. The dance begins, and the only coaching I give, is where to dance within the area of light to capture the most dramatic lights and shadows. The dancer can also tell by the timing of the flash, that I missed something that we need to try again to photograph. We are truly capturing an artist who is dancing for themselves, who is all alone on a theater stage and is choreographing for that particular moment. After the shoot, we sit together and rate the shots to be worked into final images, some of which you see here.
Please enjoy the dance performance and photographs. Look not for similarities, but rather the differences in each. Look upon these dancers as the great individual artists that they are!
- Les Campbell
This event is part of FrenetiCore’s Artist Board Series. The Artist Board was created to give local artists a platform for presenting exciting new work while broadening the scope and impact of programming at Frenetic Theater.