d(ARE)/Here Be Lions opened at The Coronet Theatre last week and I was there to shoot the dress rehearsal. Easily one of the most provocative shows I've shot. The first part takes places in the studio space and is a 20-minute dance piece. The second part is in the theatre's main auditorium which has been filled with dry ice. It's a spoken-word piece for actor and vocal improvisor. I've shot in plenty of blackout situations before - but this was the first white-out.
Have just struck a wonderful relationship with the Print Room, who have taken over as the owners at the Coronet in Notting Hill. The transformation of that space into a first-class arts venue is a wildly exciting project and I'll be tracking its progress over the next few years. The first batch of my architectural shots will appear soon.
In the meantime, I'm going to be shooting one of their hosted shows. I think it's going to be a rather interesting shoot...
Here's what the website says:
"d(ARE) / Here Be Lions was borne out of a collaboration between French artist, choreographer and dancer Sandrine Buring, and playwright and director Stéphane Olry. It is inspired by Buring’s and Olry’s artist residencies at the Hôpital de la Roche-Guyon, a hospital for children with multiple and severe neurological difficulties in France. The piece fuses dance and immersive theatre to explore with beauty and subtlety the experiences, thoughts and sensations of these enigmatic young people. There will be dance from inside a suspended glass laboratory bell jar, and voices from eight different characters attempting to vocalise disability. These two mediums – movement and text – are presented to the audience as ways in which to imagine a world that is often deemed unimaginable. Like the Latin cartographers who wrote in the spaces of the yet unexplored deserts, hic sunt leones: here are the lions."