Group Motion performs in Califia and the Trespassers at Christ Church


This past Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing “Califia and the Trespassers” a multimedia collaboration featuring the Group Motion Dance Company. “Califia and the Trespassers is an installation performance work involving electronic music by Andrea Clearfield, original film installation and performance texts by Quintan Ana Wikswo and choreography for eleven dancers (Group Motion) by Manfred Fischbeck as part of the New Spaces New Formats series, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

The performance itself was very enjoyable but definitely challenging to me the photographer especially when photographing outside with the prelude to the performance beginning outside Christ Church and the main portion happening inside Christ Church Neighborhood House with the majority of the lighting provided by projection. Shooting site-specific is always challenging but a very unique experience. You (the photographer) must see and capture moments as they occur while photographing in a space with no true front at times and being part of the audience.

So now I bring you images from “Califia and the Trespassers”:













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All photos 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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