Bailarines entre los Bastidores (Dancers in the Wings)
In May 2014 I was introduced to the Cuban contemporary dance troupe Malpaso. I photographed them in rehearsal at the Joyce Theater in New York City. They were dancing to the music composed and performed by Arturo O’Farrill and members of the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. In December 2014, I worked on this series of the dancers at their live performance at the Teatro Mella in Havana. They premiered Despedida, accompanied onstage by the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
They return May 10-12 to the Joyce Theatre in NYC.
When I got the assignment from a magazine to travel to Bali to spend two weeks documenting the culture through its rich history of music and dance I was ecstatic. After a long trip to get there I parked myself in a small guesthouse in Ubud, situated in the upland hills in the center of the island and surrounded by rivers and rice fields, away from the throngs of beach seekers that fly in daily and fill the tourist centers on the south coast. There was a lot to explore and one day I came across this scene of actors preparing for an outdoor midday concert of theatre, music and dance. The crowd was local and the participants were farmers on their lunch break.
50/50: Argentina, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, India
One summer I began a trip to Germany in Hannover, visiting an old friend who was head of the Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, a psychiatric hospital. I planned my arrival to coincide with the annual festival that takes place on the hospital grounds. The guests were patients, employees with their families and residents from the community. The food was traditional German fair, with copious amounts of bratwurst and beer on hand. The entertainment ranged from soccer matches to arcade games and culminated for me with the dance of the male nurses, who took their assignment very seriously.
50/50: Argentina, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, France, Germany
Check out the online publication Étés francais here