Cedar Lake Triple Bill (a photocall view)

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at Sadler's Wells, September. (c) Carole Edrich 2013

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at Sadler’s Wells, September. (c) Carole Edrich 2013

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet was at Sadler’s Wells yesterday and today, and now travels to 4 other venues in the UK courtesy of Dance Consortium.

I loved the light; the way the rippling sail in Jiří Kylián’s Indigo Rose gave a sense of background movement while the dancers singly, in pairs and groups performed in front. Later in that piece, performers dancing with each other and their shadows, as silhouettes in front and behind the scene and then playing with perspective all created wonderful images. The dance was energetic, frenetic in places and because my concentration was on getting sharp images rather than watching the performance as a whole I can’t say whether the balance between fast and slow, impressive moves and grace or patterns were balanced or whether the dance as a whole made sense and I loved the way that the trio of male dancers faded together into back stage at the end of the piece.

In what I think was Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue choreographed by Crystal Pike (we weren’t given a running order so I can’t be sure), each duet told a different story. I liked the way that, while the spotlight moved from couple to couple, those in relative darkness didn’t stop performing, but didn’t try to get a shot of the entire stage as in a frozen image the dancers would have looked too small to make the same kind of sense.

It was quite dark (but nothing compared to when Ella Mesma performed at the Lilian Baylis Studio last Friday) and I wish I had the time to process more images before I go out again to shoot at Negracha tonight.

This isn’t a true review as I haven’t seen the full performance (just what we were treated to in the 40 minute photocall), but I wrote a brief review for a facebook friend who asked me what I thought of the performance as a photographer so thought I’d also post it here.