Words Worth, Negative Space, Light, Dark and Shadow

Dancers performing Easy to Love, choreographed by Anton Du Beke
All pictures: Dancers performing Easy to Love, choreographed by Anton Du Beke

I’ve been working on a piece about dance in Renaissance images with a lovely lady from the National Gallery. Can’t write about that here yet, but other images in the gallery made me want to experiment with ways of imitating the subtle skin tones achieved by the Old Masters when painting people in candle light.

Dancers performing Easy to Love, choreographed by Anton Du Beke

The stage and set of Words Worth at the Lilian Baylis Theatre was very minimalist, and in this piece, Easy to Love, attention was directed purely on the dancers and their relationship with a set of static spots. I therefore took images with lots of negative space to reflect what I saw on the stage. It’s sad. Although the shots I’ve posted here are more accurate representations of the piece the lighter ones are more likely to sell.

Dancers performing Easy To Love, choreographed by Anton Du Beke as part of Words Worth