Performing Arts Series: The Project #2 By Yossi Zwecker

Performing Arts Series: The Project #2 By Yossi Zwecker

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The Project was a repertory dance performance coproduced by the Israeli Opera and Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater in 2011. The show included three international works from the classic repertoire of choreographers Marco Goecke (“Super Nova”), Emmanuel Gat (“Through the Center”), and Jacopo Godani (“Light Years”). Zwecker’s photographs of the show capture the fleeting imprints of movement onto the body and the folds of cloth enveloping the dancers, and the ephemeral interplay between light, space, and motion.

The Project was a repertory dance performance coproduced by the Israeli Opera and Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater in 2011. The show included three international works from the classic repertoire of choreographers Marco Goecke (“Super Nova”), Emmanuel Gat (“Through the Center”), and Jacopo Godani (“Light Years”). All three works were performed by a group of 13 dancers in a powerful, vigorous contemporary style while conserving classical aesthetics, technique and grace. The music that accompanied the works ranged from jazz to contemporary electronic.
Zwecker’s photographs of The Project capture the fleeting imprints of movement onto the body and the folds of cloth enveloping the dancers, and the ephemeral interplay between light, space, and motion. The dancers’ movements merge with the soft lighting and make it virtually impossible to distinguish between the bodies’ silhouettes and the space they inhabit. Zwecker’s compositions freeze the erupting dynamic of the dance: the outcome is a photographic painting of modern art.

The Performing Arts Series
Zwecker conceives of the work of the photographer with on-stage productions as a unique challenge, different from all other forms of the art. “Photography of the performing arts are a world away from news photography,” claims Zwecker. “It is emotionally draining because you have no idea what will happen next. The light dims; you are in the dark. It is impossible to check on the camera’s functions while photographing. These are the most difficult conditions for a photographer: the lighting shifts in seconds, the exposure changes, the setup moves in an instant and you have to respond in real-time, capturing the moment. If you want to reliably produce good photos, you need a deep understanding of your tool and be able to fully control it; and you need to understand the music that you are capturing.”

Yossi Zwecker

Born in Israel in 1965, Yossi Zwecker began his career as a news photographer before specializing in photography of the performing arts. He collaborates extensively with leading Israeli theater companies, dance troupes, and music venues, and currently serves as the house photographer for the Israel Opera House, Tel Aviv Center for Performing Arts, and the Israeli Ballet.
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