Performing Arts Series: White Swan #1 By Yossi Zwecker

Performing Arts Series: White Swan #1 By Yossi Zwecker

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White Swan was a two-part performance integrating Lev Ivanov’s legendary classic with the modern choreography of Andonis Foniadakis, the artistic director of the Greek National Ballet, setting up a contrast between the original and a vibrant contemporary interpretation. In these photographs, Zwecker’s eye lingers on the movements, the dynamics between dancers, and the relationship woven between the dancers and the stage.

White Swan: Swan Lake, From Classic to Contemporary was a two-part performance that integrated Lev Ivanov’s legendary classic with the modern choreography of Andonis Foniadakis, the artistic director of the Greek National Ballet. This was an Israeli production created specifically for the Israeli Ballet and its dancers, which presented a liberated, modernist version of the classic. In the first part, Israeli Ballet dancers performed the original second act of Swan Lake. The second part of the performance presented the dancers performing Foniadakis’s modern choreography, setting up a contrast between the original and a vibrant contemporary interpretation.

When photographing “White Swan”, Zwecker’s eye lingers on the movements, the dynamics between dancers, and the relationships woven between the dancers and the stage. The classic work is reflected in the graceful movements of the dancers’ arms and hands; in the flow of bodies and the coordination between them; and in the light and color. Powerful and expressive, the photographs are a beautiful articulation of the art of dance itself.

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.

Read more about Yossi here