Last Friday I made the short drive up to Becket, MA for a date night with myself. It was a beautiful day, if not a little hot. Halfway there, the sky opened up and started pouring. The thunder and lightning was almost unreal. The first portion of my date night was a Pillow Talk with one of my inspirations, Lois Greenfield. She is one of the foremost dance photographers, creating images that are almost surreal. Lois has been an inspiration of mine for years. From the first time I picked up her book, Airborne, to my most recent visit to the Pillow's gallery showing of her newest work - she has inspired me from the very beginning. After her Pillow Talk, I rushed out to try and get a seat to the normally outside Inside/Out performance by FJK Dance. Since it was pouring, the show was moved indoors and I got a seat to the simulcast in another building. I'm not afraid of a little rain so I watched a portion of the show in the simulcast and then walked over to the building where they were actually performing. Although they were filled to max occupancy, I found a nearby window and took some very interesting shots of the dance.
The performance itself was a little familiar, seemed less like an original piece and more like pieces were taken from famous dance films and other main stream media outlets. The dancers performed beautifully and had such grace and talent, the thing I could have done without were the costumes.
After the FJK performance, I headed over to the Doris Duke Theater for a pre-show talk about Adam H. Weinert's MONUMENT. After the pre-show talk was the performance itself. Although we were not allowed to photograph during the performance, while everyone was taking their seats, the dancers were walking throuhg movements on stage. I got a few really beautiful images of the relationships they had and then settled in for the show itself.
MONUMENT was one of the best performances I have seen in the past few years. From the solos of the past (Doris Humphrey, Ted Shawn, Jose Limon) to the original works by Adam H. Weinert, the performance was magical. The amazing lighting design and in-house musician were beautiful additions to an already beautiful piece. All seven of the dancers amazed me constantly from start to finish.
It was truly a magical show. I highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.