Dance only exists in the moment - just a fleeting moment of time. However, a tiny fraction of a moment in time can be captured with photography and film so that performances and productions can be preserved to reflect, enjoy and learn from - for the creators, the dancers and admirers. While nothing can ever be as magical and powerful as the 'live' performance itself - how you felt 'in the moment' as the dancer-performer or as part of the creative technical team making it all happen, or indeed how the audience itself felt and reacted in response to what was happening on onstage - having a photographic and film record is still a great way to archive our work and leave behind something tangible to enjoy in the future. Photographers and film-makers are essential elements of the creative process as they record how it all came together and what it looked like in the end. For us to have our work recorded in image and film is monumental to providing proof of every single person's contribution to the whole.
‘Dance Artists’ is looking for a keen dance photographer – someone who loves to capture dance movement both on and off the stage and who likes experimenting and trying different things. We're not so much looking for staged studio photographic sessions, although there will be a small amount required for publicity purposes and for dancer profiles. The majority of the work will be live performance photographs taken in the theatre environment, under various lighting conditions with the aim of great movement shots, capturing mood and feeling, as well as encapsulating the drama of the moment and interactions between dancers. We also like to have photographs taken from the side of the stage and backstage during performances, as well as rehearsals and in ordinary situations - in fact, all aspects of capturing the company at work, play, dancing, creating, relaxing, waiting - everything. Hopefully you are someone who is passionate about what you do, love working with dance, have a keen eye for capturing mood, moment and feeling as well as movement and who is knowledgeable about ballet technique from a visual perspective or eager to learn and understand. We'd like someone that gets on with people and will see themselves as part of the whole and not as an aloof and separate expert who keeps to themselves. The photographer will need to be able to work around the dance and not hold things up and waste time setting up the perfect shot.
‘Dance Artists’ is looking for an inspired film-maker - someone who not only loves working with the moving image but who enjoys utilizing unusual and different multiple camera angles, who enjoys experimenting, who thrives on the obstacles of working with live theatre in a constantly challenging and changing environment with performers who rarely stand still. You'll also be the one to cut and splice your own film footage to make promotional trailers, show reels, and standard archival recordings of the company in various settings in order to record and preserve our performances for posterity. The majority of work will be live performance film taken in the theatre environment during dress rehearsals, under various lighting conditions and with the aim of capturing the mood and feeling, the drama of the moment and interactions between dancers, as well as the ensemble and scenes. We also like to have film taken from the side of the stage and backstage during actual performances, as well as studio rehearsals, backstage and in ordinary situations – in fact, all aspects of encapsulating the company at work, play, dancing, creating, relaxing, waiting – everything! Hopefully you’ll be that someone who is passionate about what you do, loves (or who desires) working with dance, with a keen eye for mood, moment, feeling, movement and (desirably, but not essential) knowledgeable about ballet technique from a visual perspective or eager to understand. You’ll be someone that gets on with people and sees themselves as part of the whole and not as an aloof and separate expert who keeps to themselves. The film maker needs to be able to work around the dance and not hold things up and waste time by asking for a scene to be repeated. You will be a person that makes everyone feel comfortable and at ease with your presence as you do your work and they do theirs.