Behind the Lens – In Rehearsal featuring WWDC and DTXAug 3rd, 2011 | By BillHebert | Category: Bill Hebert's Behind The Lens
So far most of the images for my Behind the Lens column have been from performance but a few and those that are probably nearest and dearest to my heart are from rehearsal.
I love shooting during rehearsals mainly because I love seeing the creative process in action something that the audience rarely if ever gets to see. Shooting during rehearsal can at times though be even more challenging then shooting performance. In performance there is a constant flow but in rehearsal there is more stops and starts but its more than that. You can’t just go to a rehearsal and take pics. The best images come when the dancers in a way forget you are even there. These unguarded moments are what can make for truly remarkable images.
Rehearsal can be a very revealing time for the dancers as they try to connect with the choreography and pieces of themselves that are deeply personal. It can also be a time when you get to capture glimpses of the dancers as not just dancers but as people laughing having fun and being themselves.
I’ve had the pleasure of really getting to document the creation process in the 8 or so years I’ve been photographing dance for two amazing companies Winged Woman Dance http://wingedwomandance.com/ and Dance Theatre X http://www.dancetheatrex.org/.
These images are more then just photographs but moments. When you look at the pictures I think you can tell what I mean. Here are a few more images from those rehearsals and as always questions/comments are welcome…