BalletX Winter Series & Thoughts on Choosing the Moments

When you go to a performance what draws your eye? Yes sometimes if it’s a solo dancer or duet alone on stage the answer is easy but even then are you looking at the whole picture or even closer at the dancer’s expression or intricate gestures they are doing with their hands or the connection between the duet pairing.

Even tougher is that dance many times deals with layers of movement with something going on upstage and downstage, with dancers running or leaping in and out of the moment unfolding before you. This is what we are thinking, the photographers aiming to freeze those moments in time, to tell the story to those who weren’t there and perhaps a different interpretation of the moment to those that were.

So how do we choose those moments? Ok here’s the secret formula…there isn’t one. Well there is, kind of, I would say Personal Style + Timing + Understanding the Movement + Luck. All come into play when shooting, some of those aspects more than others at times. The key is really to be in the flow of the movement. The rest takes over from there including the photographers personal style or their “eye” as they call it. Then when you see that moment you just know and hopefully the rest comes into place to capture it.

Well after some behind the scenes musings from yours truly enjoy these selected moments from the BalletX Winter Series.

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Choreography by Norbert De La Cruz III, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Cayetano Soto, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Norbert De La Cruz III, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Val Caniparoli, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Amy Seiwert, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Val Caniparoli, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Norbert De La Cruz III, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Amy Seiwert, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Val Caniparoli, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Amy Seiwert, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Cayetano Soto, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Val Caniparoli, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Norbert De La Cruz III, Photo by Bill Hebert
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Choreography by Val Caniparoli, 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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