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


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09. June 2017 · Comments Off on Merce Cunningham: Field Dances · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags: , , ,

Cunningham based his Field Dances on the movements of children he observed at a playground.  A group of volunteers are taught five interactive movements and are then joined by a corps of dancers to perform the piece.  Dancers are cued by the movements of other dancers and respond as instructed with one of the five moves. Each performance is unique.  At the Walker Art Center I photographed the workshop where the volunteers were taught the moves and then photographed the performance that happened in the galleries.

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25. January 2017 · Comments Off on Assignment: Kuleshov Effect · Categories: Photography · Tags:

I took a Multimedia Production class at McNally Smith College this fall.  Assignment # 4: “Utilize the Kuleshov Effect to create the following eight emotions:  hunger, disgust, grief, horror, pride, peace, rage, love.   You will make use of the media provided (4 video clips and 8 title cards).  You may use audio or music of your choice.  In addition to juxtaposing clips and enhancing the intended tonality with audio/music, you will utilize color grading, FX filters, and keyframe animations to further bolster the emotional experience.”  Here’s my first attempt at creating a video with Adobe Premier Pro!!!

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

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Our good friends Sam and Jillian hosted us at their home in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We went hiking and sight seeing and hit the brew pubs together.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado

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Overlooking the Piedra River valley

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Piedra River

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Piedra River

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Piedra Falls

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water over rocks, close up

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Sunset at the reservoir

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Treasure Falls

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Treasure Falls

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Treasure Falls

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Mesa Verde

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Mesa Verde

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Mesa Verde

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Overlook on the road to Mesa Verde

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Overlook on the road to Mesa Verde

26. May 2016 · Comments Off on Sleeping Bear Dunes & Mackinac Island · Categories: Landscape, Photography

The trail to the Lake Michigan overlook, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Lake Michigan overlook, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Lake Michigan overlook, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Lake Michigan overlook, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Fishtown in Leland, Michigan

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Dune Climb, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

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Pyramid Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

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Wild triliums in bloom

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On the Bluff Trail, Mackinac Island


View of Lake Huron from Mackinac Island Bluff Trail


Arch Rock on Mackinac Island

13. February 2016 · Comments Off on Re-Imagining the Background of a Studio Portrait · Categories: Photography, Portrait · Tags: ,

Studio portraits are great because you 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.  It’s not easy, though.  If all you do is cut out the figures and paste them on a background, it looks pretty bad.  First there’s the technical challenge of making a clean mask. 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. Each of the following re-imagined photos took many hours.  All photos Copyright 2016 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved.  These images may not be “borrowed” or used elsewhere.

Cara Seymour

Cara Seymour, 2015 Lois Greenfield Workshop

Cara Seymour

Replaced the wall and floor with a soft background and figure shadow

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Anton LaMon and Kelly Vittetoe, Photo shoot at the Tek Box, Cowles Center for Dance


Sunset and water. Bi-colored filter on the dancers to blend the tonality.

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Anton LaMon and Kelly Vittetoe, Photo shoot at the Tek Box, Cowles Center for Dance


Hue, saturation, and exposure applied to background fabric from another photo. Created a mirror floor.


09. November 2015 · Comments Off on Production Photos for A Fiddler’s Tale · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags:

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

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16. August 2015 · Comments Off on Generations · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags: , , ,

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.

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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.

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All photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved

10. August 2015 · Comments Off on Dance Out of Africa · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags: , , ,

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.


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