Dance Theatre of Harlem II Takes The Joyce

Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville
Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville

I’ve had the honor to shoot DTH II a few times over the last 2 years, in addition to a couple of the dancers individually.  And so it gave me such pleasure to have been at The Joyce Theatre yesterday to shoot the newest addition to the rep: Donald Byrd’s Contested Space in preparation for the opening night of their New York run.

Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville

The company is full of such hard working staff, dancers and volunteers, they are wonderful to shoot, and just as lovely to get to know personally.

Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville

I had such fun sinking my teeth into Mr. Byrd’s newest piece: so many great moments to capture, great lines, movements, and patterning that lead to some fun shots.  Of course, as I say time and again (or think, if I don’t say it out loud), dance photographers are only as good as the dancers they shoot.  And here, I like to think DTH made me look good.

Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville

I hope you are able to take in one of their shows this week, or if not, catch them on Facebook and Twitter to keep informed for upcoming shows.  I’m so excited to see them ramp up here to a full company this fall, cheering them on from my own little corner of the world!

Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville
Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville
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