Photographic interpretation of REBIRTH on #WordyMonday

Dancer in Bircolage Dance Movement's Story of a Night Pianist, last night performance. The Space Westferry Road, London. (c) Carole Edrich 2013

Dancer in Bircolage Dance Movement’s Story of a Night Pianist, last night performance. The Space Westferry Road, London. (c) Carole Edrich 2013

Yesterday I went to shoot Story of a Night Pianist, choreographed by Anna Buonomo. It tells the true story of a strange encounter that composer Lorenzo Turchi-Floris had while playing at night (the PR blurb uses the word encounter and when I have time I hope to interview Anna and discover exactly what that means).

Spellbinding is a cliché that I’d normally avoid in a review, but this piece made me forget everything but the dancers, strong characters all, who appeared to the audience as they are lead through the environs of Westferry Road and the Thames.

The piece draws on existing historical narratives of people living and working at Trinity Buoy Wharf in 19th century London who have unfinished business in the present day. It’s a powerful character-based work and reading between the lines (and this is based on my own impressions as I’ve not interviewed anyone yet) the performance has matured and developed in subtle ways since it was originally commissioned for Big Dance 2012 and performed at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London’s Docklands. Anna has cast well, many of the troupe are already on my personal (private) list of particularly talented individuals who I believe will go far.

Dancer in Bircolage Dance Movement's Story of a Night Pianist, last night performance. The Space Westferry Road, London. (c) Carole Edrich 2013

Dancer in Bircolage Dance Movement’s Story of a Night Pianist, last night performance. The Space Westferry Road, London. (c) Carole Edrich 2013

The PR blurb calls it an ‘interdisciplinary performance’ which it certainly is, with different dance forms incorporated into the chroeography and live violin and piano music an intrinsic part of the production. The production tours, and is in the process of being turned into a film, so check out faradayscage.com as it would be a great shame to miss.

The production shoot was a serendipitous event (which I nearly missed through ill health) and matches well with the #wordymonday theme of rebirth, not just for the historical characters who have been reborn through the troupe but also in that the choreography; through adapting to every different external and internal environment, is reborn every time it moves, and the film which will give the reborn characters a long term existence.

The word rebirth was suggested by Eleanor Marriott.

For more images from Story of a Night Pianist click here.