The Guthrie Theater hosted the 2017 New Griots Festival at its Dowling Stage for 10 days of inspiring performances and free community workshops. The festival, a presentation by emerging black artists in the Twin Cities, is the brain child of Jamil Jude and Josh Wilder. I photographed some of the workshops and rehearsals. It was deeply satisfying to watch the audience sizes growing as word got around that this was the place to be to see amazing talent with both breadth and depth. Photos Copyright 2017 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved
The Walker Art Center hired me to photograph Merce Cunningham's Field Dances. The Dances are based on the movements of children he observed at a playground. At the Walker Art Center I photographed the workshop where volunteers were taught five interactive movements and then joined by a corps of professional dancers to perform the piece.
Here's my first attempt at creating a video with Adobe Premier Pro! This was the assignment from the Multimedia Production class I took at McNally Smith College: Use the four video clips and eight title cards provided by the instructor to create the following eight emotions: hunger, disgust, grief, horror, pride, peace, rage, love. We could choose our own audio or music and were instructed to "juxtapose clips and enhance the intended tonality with color grading, FX filters, and keyframe animations."
Visions of Sugarplums is a burlesque parody of our traditional Nutcracker ballet, joining the catalog that includes Mark Morris’ The Cracked Nut and Myron Johnson’s Nutcracker Not So Suite. Sugarplums is a hoot with lots of talent, great costumes and music. In 2014 I photographed the dress rehearsal for the Sugarplum's inaugural run at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. This year I photographed the dress rehearsal and one of the performances for the 2016 show, this time running at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis. In the following compilation of images you might notice how different lighting and textures are created in the two theaters. All images Copyright Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved
Studio portraits are great because I can control the lighting and other factors in the environment to create a high-quality image. But they can be a bit boring with the same old backdrop. I enjoy using Photoshop to create an alternate background. First there's the technical challenge of making a clean mask. How this goes depends on the clarity of the edges. Elements such as flying hair are time consuming. Then, once I have an idea for the background, I have to figure out how it's going to work in terms of light, color, perspective, and blending. All photos Copyright 2016 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved.
In Feb., 2016 Minneapolis Music Company will present A Fiddler's Tale, Wynton Marsalis' composition inspired by Stravinksy's L'Histoire du Soldat. I worked with Artistic Director, Mischa Santora, and the dancers Anton LaMon and Kendra Vie Boheme Dennard to create production photos for the upcoming performance. Some of my photos are posted below and you can find out more about the performance here. All Photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved
August 15, 2015 Who needs anatomy drawing class when you can photograph b-boys! Outside in the Cowles Center parking lot in 90-degree heat, b-boy crews from around the country were battling to make the finals and win some cash prizes. I loved shooting all manner of contortions, freezes, kicks, and airborne gyrations. The tricks are impressive but I also thought the upright dance moves created their own poetry. Earlier, inside the Cowles Center in the Minnesota Dance Theater Studio, I photographed a lovely Nutcracker performance workshop. Choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin has imagined how Clara’s life might have unfolded after the Nutcracker episode. Four female dancers play Clara at different ages. The younger dancers, including the superb Barton Cowperthwaite, were technically and artistically delightful. Yet, I was especially struck by the grace and elegant movement of older dancer, Lise Houlton. All photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved
What a fabulous show! Enjoy the photos! Dancers from the show Dance Out of Africa are granted a limited license to use these photos as follows: You may download an image for your own use on social media free of charge. You may not delete, crop, or alter any photo in any way. Any attempt to remove the watermark that identifies Alice Gebura as the photographer is a violation of this license. All photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved. For any other use of these photos, you must request an additional license from the photographer, Alice Gebura, whom you can contact via email or phone. For contact information, see the column to the right.