BBC Young Dancer 2015_Sadler’s Wells, London_08/05/2015
These pics were taken at a Technical Run for the ‘Grand Final’ of the competition on Saturday 9th May. These dancers have worked so hard, and really calls attention to the concerns expressed about young dancers coming through the system. More importantly the competition drew attention, and I think created respect, for genres of dance, in this instance ‘Asian’ and Hip-Hop, than just focusing on the biggies of Ballet and Contemporary. Traditions and technique play an equally large part in these dance genres. This makes it difficult for the photographer who may not be familiar with this foundations and constraints. What I think became obvious, particularly with the Asian competition, is the influences of choreographers such as Shobana Jayasingh and Akram Khan, in allowing in, playing with, or even starting from Western dance genres and traditions. For the Western audience this provides a vocabulary for access.
Great competition, which presents a huge challenge for competitors. The placement on mainstream TV, the close analysis of a dozen TV cameras and the lack of influence over editing must leave them feeling terribly exposed.