Another Modern Dance Performance

Discussion in 'Leica M Forum' started by ajramirez, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Some of you may remember that back in April I posted about a modern dance performance by Puerto Rican choreographer, dancer, and professor Viveca Vázquez and her dance troupe "Taller de Otra Cosa" at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art. https://www.photographerslounge.org/showthread.php?t=18204 That performance marked the opening of an exhibition at the Museum which took a look at Viveca´s extensive career.

    The exhibition closes this weekend, and as part of the closing activities, another dance performance was staged, this time by Mr. José Pepe Alvarez, who is one of Viveca's most distinguished alumni. This was, for the most part, a one-man performance, with very occasional interventions by a second artist, mostly for staging purposes. The performance coincided with the closing of another exhibit at the Museum, and took place in four (4) empty exhibition halls. After each segment, the audience (limited to only 40 people per performance) were moved by the ushers from one hall to the next.

    I was again asked to photograph the performance. This time I only brought the Leica M9P. Most of the shots were taken with the Zeiss ZM 50mm 1.5 C-Sonnar and 18mm 4.0 Distagon, and a few with the Leica 35mm 2.5 Summarit. The lighting was extremely dim, many times consisting of just one lamp or spotlight. This time, I decided I would embrace the noise; no noise reduction was applied except for slight noise reduction (during ACR RAW conversion) on the third and fourth sets.

    The only problem during shooting was that there was no music to the piece, only silence. That, the empty halls, and the Museum's hardwood floors combined to make the Leica's shutter and recocking sound extremely and unacceptably obtrusive. Fortunately, this was the dress rehearsal, but there was an audience (of students mostly) who probably thought I was the biggest jerk in the world.

    In retrospect, I think I would have liked to photograph the performance with the M6 and some Ilford Delta 3200. Maybe next time...

    This is a small sample of the photographs I took, some of which I have posted in the Silver September threads.

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    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I have enjoyed these as they pop up in the daily threads, but seeing them all in context is really compelling. I have no context to understand what is going on, but the shots are so good, they supercede a working knowledge in the idiom. I'm picturing you working the room trying to be invisible. Bravo!
     
  3. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Marlof
    What Luke said. I'm thrilled to see those great shots in their series.