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Sadler’s Wells announces Movement in still form, an exhibition of dance photography by Camilla Greenwell

13 Apr 2021


Charlie Morrissey & Katye Coe for Wild Card Katye Coe – Preparation. Photographed by Camilla Greenwell at Sadler’s Wells, London (2015)

Sadler’s Wells is delighted to today announce Movement in still form, an exhibition of dance photography by Camilla Greenwell for Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. Available from Thursday 29 April to celebrate International Dance Day, the exhibition explores the intimate moments of dance creation.

The exhibition is presented online at Google Arts & Culture and invites audiences to see moments of the creative process where artists come together to make the dance we eventually see in performance. Greenwell’s images capture unique rehearsal moments not usually seen by the public, and moments that artists are ready to experience again as we emerge from the pandemic. Images will be presented alongside words from Greenwell and photographed artists including Botis Seva (Far From the Norm), Flora Wellesley Wesley (Nora) and Katye Coe.

Movement in still form features photography of artists and companies who are known and loved on Sadler’s Wells’ stages and beyond, including Katye Coe, dotdotdot dance, Hagit Yakira, Stefan Jovanović, Rambert, Far From the Norm, Candoco Dance Company, Nora, Pepa Ubera, Seeta Patel and James Cousins Company.

Camilla Greenwell is a photographer with a Fine Art and performance background, who is based in London and works internationally. Over the past decade she has worked with numerous artists, dancers and performers to create imagery which stems from an interest in people and the stories they tell, and often tends to occupy a space between reality and performance. Greenwell has photographed dance and theatre extensively, and has worked with Barbican, Ballet Black, Candoco Dance Company, Crying Out Loud, Dance Umbrella, EDGE, Far From The Norm, Fuel Theatre, Gandini Juggling, James Cousins Company, National Theatre, Nora, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, RADA, Rambert, Sadler’s Wells, Secret Cinema, Studio Wayne McGregor, Theo Clinkard, The Albany, The Place, Unicorn Theatre, Yorkshire Dance and Young Vic.

Camilla Greenwell, artist and photographer said“When Sadler’s Wells approached me about creating an exhibition of my work, I initially gathered together a variety of performance images. However, we soon agreed that there was something really interesting about the rehearsal images that I had taken over the years. They offer a glimpse into something not ordinarily seen, and rarely focused on. After everything the past year has brought, these intimate images of artists and their process of creation feel even more important to celebrate. Working on this exhibition has been a wonderful opportunity to look back at the work I’ve witnessed over the years, and the images I’ve made as a response. Speaking with the artists was a highlight for me during this process. To sit down and have conversations about time spent in the studio, what photographs can mean for different people, and ultimately what it means to be artists working together, is something that I never ordinarily get to do. After a year where we’ve been unable to share space, it’s been a real joy to discuss the many reasons why it’s so valuable when we do.”

Robyn Cabaret, Producer, said“It’s a privilege to be present in the studio whilst artists are in creation. I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Camilla’s practice as a dance photographer grow and flourish over the years that we have been working together. The intimacy of these images is testament to the quiet solidarity and embodied presence that Camilla meets each moment with. It’s been a wonderful process to reflect upon the incredible projects and wonderful people we have worked with over the years, and now feels a poignant moment to celebrate this work as we begin to resurface and see artists return to our studios and before too long, theatres too.”

Movement in still form is presented online at Google Arts & Culture and will be available from Thursday 29 April. For more information visit our website: www.sadlerswells.com/camilla-greenwell