Hello Rambert family!

After seven years at Rambert my chapter here is finally closing. I am retiring from dance and moving into photography full-time. During my Rambert tenure I have had the great pleasure of working with some great choreographers, alongside brilliant colleagues and have formed many wonderful memories that I will hold dear. My retirement from dance is brought on slightly prematurely through injury. All dancers deal with injury to varying degrees, and it is an unfortunate consequence of pushing your body to its limits everyday. During my career at Rambert I have undergone surgeries, injections and an Appendectomy just for good measure. This added up to a lot of rehabilitation and free time to explore other avenues such as photography!

I have always had a passion for photography, but my exploration of photographing dance started a couple of years ago during a period of rehabilitation when I sat in the wings backstage taking pictures of my partner, Rambert dancer Vanessa Kang, during performances. Initially it was just so we could ensure we had something to look back on, but over time my intentions changed, and rather than just ‘documenting’ our performance days, I wanted to dive deeper into the aesthetics of dance photography.

For a couple of years I have photographed dance in all its forms for many different dance companies and have built up a personal style and preference. My aim is to capture not just conventional aesthetics of movement, but also elements of dynamism, risk and the kinaesthetic experience of performance, incorporating elements of abstraction to amplify the strength in the body’s form.

Naturally, I have photographed Rambert and its dancers in all situations during my time here. A number of them feature on my website, but here I would like to share with you some of my favourites.

This pursuit of physicality has led me to explore outside dance and into other art forms and sports. In addition to dance, I have photographed boxers, gymnasts, breakers and free-runners. It is a list that I will be adding to in the coming months, with various projects I am about to embark on. I am excited for what the future holds, and look forward to investing my time and energy in my new career. To continue following my photographic journey, please like and follow my social media pages to see what I am getting up to. and to keep in touch.

I look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Stephen Wright

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