Portraits of a Troupe: Introducing PurgARTorium with AcrOdance
This is the first part from a project I did a few weeks ago, with the extremely talented team from Acrodance.
AcrOdance by Anna Omiridi is a brilliant combination of acrobatics and creative dance. Acrobatic routines are integrated seamlessly into choreographies with emphasis on guided improvisation. The main concept of this approach is that movement and exercise, as creative expressions, hold a significant role in human lives and help in structuring positive self-awareness and knowledge of oneself. Thus strengthening your body and building your muscles will allow you to experience mental uplift.
I have to say that during this cooperation, all performers responded with unlimited energy, drive and professionalism; this comes as no surprise since their chosen discipline demands these virtues unconditionally. And I have to admit I much prefer working with dance/performance artists for exactly this reason. It should also be mentioned that the Acrodance team has a lot of experience with photographic projects, having collaborated with a a considerable number of local and international photographers.
Concerning the project, our concept was that of an ensemble of performers that find themselves trapped in a series of travels inside a type of purgatory, where they have to reenact their routines in a dreamy/symbolic setting, in order to purify and absolve themselves from prior sins. The whole project was shot on location, during a 3-day trip (which was also very reminiscent of that of a travelling troupe).
Here is the first installment for this project, featuring portraits of our actors. Please enjoy and stay tuned for much, much more, in weeks to come
Concept and styling: AcrOdance by Anna Omiridi
Makeup and hair styling: Lina Dolora Eisenberg
The Acrodance team:
Gear report: all photos were shot on location, using only a plain wall as background and a small softbox/flashlight combination. All shot with the X-Pro2 and XF 35mm f1.4 lens.
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