Vintage Sunset – Sunset, o639 Hours by BalletX

As BalletX wraps up their fall series I decided to see what moments may have looked like from the period the piece was set in. Sunset, o639 Hours, created by choreographer and BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan and award-winning New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer, is a full-length ballet which interprets the dramatic, true story of aviation pioneer Captain Edwin Musick’s fateful 1938 airmail flight across the Pacific.

What if there were found photos from that time, what would they have looked like? So I took some moments I captured from dress rehearsal, added an Alien Skin Wet Plate filter and this is what I got.

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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Photo by Bill Hebert

About Bill Hebert

Bill Hebert (pronounced AY-BEAR), has been photographing performances in Philadelphia and New York for almost 8 years now primarily capturing dance. He has worked such local artists as Montazh, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM), Headlong Dance Theater, BalletX, Winged Woman Dance/Tina Heuges, Nichole Canuso Dance Company and Group Motion among many others in Philadelphia. NY based and touring companies Bill has had the pleasure of working with include: Paul Taylor, Limon Dance, Parsons Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Merce Cunningham, RubberbandDance Group, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, River North Chicago Dance and Pilobolus. Bill has also had the pleasure of participating in three photography workshops with renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield. Bill’s philosophy and mission is to “Capture the Essence of the Moment” and give the work a life beyond the stage. Bill Hebert is currently a photographer for The University of Pennsylvania’s Dance Celebration series, was one of the photographers for both the 2008 & 2009 Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival, Choreographic Sketches in NY, 2010 IABD Conference and proud to be a part of the team for the “By Local” series in Philadelphia which will give local artists a chance to tell their story while doing what they love which is to entertain and enlighten others.

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