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   20170706_VieRehearsal_NewGriots_Guthrie_AliceGebura_8766 copy   20170706_LABuckner_NewGriots_Guthrie_AliceGebura_8831 copy 20170708_ShainaPaintingClass_NewGriots_Guthrie_AliceGebura_8987 copy 20170709_LABuckner_NewGriots_Guthrie_AliceGebura_9151 copy 20170709_ShugsWorld_NewGriots_Guthrie_AliceGebura_9027 copy 20170712_MsCoco_NewGriots_Guthrie_AliceGebura_9326 copy
09. June 2017 · Comments Off on Merce Cunningham: Field Dances · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags: , , ,
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. 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7467 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7479 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7562 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7586 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7593 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7685 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7719 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7747 20170603_FieldDances_Walker_AliceGebura_7781
25. January 2017 · Comments Off on Assignment: Kuleshov Effect · Categories: Photography · Tags:
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 Visions of Sugarplums 20141208_visionssugarplums_ritztheater_alicegebura_1095 20141208_visionssugarplums_ritztheater_alicegebura_1120crop 20141208_visionssugarplums_ritztheater_alicegebura_1263 20161221_sugarplumsdressrehearsal_labtheater_alicegebura_2353 20161221_sugarplumsdressrehearsal_labtheater_alicegebura_2450 20161229_sugarplumsperformance_labtheater_alicegebura_4167online 20161221_sugarplumsdressrehearsal_labtheater_alicegebura_3273 20161229_sugarplumsperformance_labtheater_alicegebura_4111
13. February 2016 · Comments Off on Re-Imagining the Background of a Studio Portrait · Categories: Photography, Portrait · Tags: ,
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.
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

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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

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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 20151027_DevilishDances_MNMusicCompany_AliceGebura_2820 copy 20151027_DevilishDances_MNMusicCompany_AliceGebura_2882 copy 20151027_DevilishDances_MNMusicCompany_AliceGebura_2878 copy 20151027_DevilishDances_MNMusicCompany_AliceGebura_2834 20151027_DevilishDances_MNMusicCompany_AliceGebura_2913 copy 20151027_DevilishDances_MNMusicCompany_AliceGebura_2868 copy 20151027_DevilishDances_MNMusicCompany_AliceGebura_2776 copy
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. 20150815_GroundbreakerBattle_CowlesCenter_AliceGebura_0369 copy 20150815_GroundbreakerBattle_CowlesCenter_AliceGebura_0557 copy20150815_GroundbreakerBattle_CowlesCenter_AliceGebura_0274 copy 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. 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_0045 copy20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_0175 copy20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_0157 copy Clara Nutcracker 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_0083 copy 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_0094 copy 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_95 copy 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_102 copy 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_0117 copy 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_122 copy 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_124 copy 20150815_Nutcracker_MDT_AliceGebura_143 copy 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.   20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7887 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7804 copy       20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_8208 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_8220 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_8261 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_8300 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_8321 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_8323 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7718 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7712 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7707 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7686 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7685 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7671 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7662 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7627 copy 20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7615 copy   20150622_DanceOutofAfrica_AliceGebura_7592 copy