Floating Origins

September 12, 2006


New Vibes

New vibes is an event organised at the Patrick Centre as part of the Birmingham Hippodrome. Each year they invite local Choreographers to apply for a dance slot (approx 12 mins in length), where, if they get selected, they perform to a potential audience of 190 people. An oportunity to showcase your abilities like this is incredible for up and coming performers and Choreographers..

Two of my friends that i met through Gymnastics are budding Choreographers and they decided to apply to New Vibes the summer just gone.

While i was in India, i heard they had been accepted. and, estimating when i would be home from my trip, they were enthused as i would be able to watch the show. – as it worked out, i came home earlier than expected from India, not being able to justify to myself the extra £100 it would cost to postpone my return flight.

This meant i was back in England before my friends had got very far into rehearsals for the show, they had managed one before i was back.. so Kate (Choreographer extraodinare) who is one of my best friends, met at Gymnastics, she introduced me then to kung fu! – recruited me into the show. I became the Seventh dancer, with Kate, Hannah, Ruth (yet another Gymnast friend!) and Jane (Kates younger sister) i joined David, Leah and Laura, friends of the others that I met when rehearsals began.

This was my First oportunity to see the workings of theatre since developing my passion for photography.. with a mind for taking photos for promotional work i brought my camera to rehearsals… for the majority of them, i had no use for the camera, focusing on learning the routine’s and not having a particularily photogenic room to work with.

Our Technical rehearsal however, was Amazing. I risked the wrath of Kate to play with my camera with any given oportunity… the stresses were high, so I hadn’t the flexibility to express the dance properly.. but as we were testing the lighting possibilities Jane was playing in the Tissu (courtesy of Ruth and Hannah, see RED) which looked incredible..

These were the pick of the photo’s i got, finishing with a Poster I knocked out in anticipation of promoting the show;


This is Jane sillouetted behind the Tissu, she has stretched it out and formed this shape as the back lighting hits the material, the lighting director was showing us varieties of spot lighting, and this one looked incredible, hundreds of stars of light shining onto the stage, not aplicable for our performance, so we didn’t use it, didn’t stop this moment looking great though..


Jane achieved some amazing shapes wrapping herself in the Tissu, i loved having a dark stage with a singular light source.. it brought the Tissu to life..

This was then the Poster:


No points for guessing who is the star of the poster..

This Following image is from when Ruth jumped into the Tissu to play!!



I was So torn between wanting to perform and show what we had been rehearsing hard for over the past couple of months, or running off stage and grabbing my camera during the performance.. i would have loved to be in the audience getting photos. the Lighting was incredible.

All the more credit to Kate, she had never designed any stage lighting before and in the Tech rehearsal it was all on her shoulders.. she designed the lighting for the whole show in about 3 hours and had to go off and finish designing the show to suit. We were split between Leicester and Coventry and rehearsals were few and far between.

In Fact, David pointed out on our last rehearsal.. The Monday when we performed on Wednesday the 5th of july, that this was the First rehearsal since inception that we were All there together!

I had a brilliant time.. Thank You Kate!!!



One Response to “Floating Origins”

  1. sarah christiansen Says:

    these r such beautiful images, round of applause! wow! x

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