Dance Photography: NCDT's Innovative Works


North Carolina Dance Theatre's Innovative Works is a showcase of several contemporary ballets with diverse pieces on artist Henri Matisse and social media among others and pulsating music from the likes of Steve Ray Vaughan and The Chemical Brothers.

The works are visually stunning and it was a pleasure to photograph these incredible dancers in these unique productions.

Mark Diamond's "Matisse" was innovative and beautiful as the choreographer intermingles the artist with subjects from some of his most famous creations. NCDT dancer Sasha Janes choreographed "Glass Houses," which he said is a loose interpretation of today's new media such as Facebook and MySpace, and how they impact individuals. He also utilized a sculpture from a former McColl Center for the Visual Art artist in residence, Shaun Cassidy, in the piece.

The shows start tonight at 7:30 followed by shows Friday and Saturday. They will also run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14.

Mary Ellen Beaudreau is a muse in Mark Diamond's "Matisse"

Mary Ellen Beaudreau is a muse in Mark Diamond's "Matisse"

Justin VanWeest leaps across the Booth Playhouse stage in Dwight Rhoden's "Moody Booty Blues"

Justin VanWeest leaps across the Booth Playhouse stage in Dwight Rhoden's "Moody Booty Blues"

Rebecca Carmazzi and Addul Manzano in "Moody Booty Blues"

Rebecca Carmazzi and Addul Manzano in "Moody Booty Blues"

Rebecca Carmazzi glides across the stage

Rebecca Carmazzi glides across the stage

Rebecca Carmazzi and Addul Manzano

Rebecca Carmazzi and Addul Manzano

Justin VanWeest

Justin VanWeest

Jamie Dee waits to take the stage in "Tearing for a Cure" by Uri Sands

Jamie Dee waits to take the stage in "Tearing for a Cure" by Uri Sands

Sahsa Janes lifts Traci Gilchrest in "Tearing for a Cure"

Sahsa Janes lifts Traci Gilchrest in "Tearing for a Cure"

Kara Wilkes leaps

Kara Wilkes leaps

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More Kara Wilkes

David Ingram and Kara Wilkes

David Ingram and Kara Wilkes

Kara Wilkes walks away from David Ingram in "Tearing for a Cure"

Kara Wilkes walks away from David Ingram in "Tearing for a Cure"

Anna Gerberich opens up "There Again, Not Slowly"

Anna Gerberich opens up "There Again, Not Slowly"

Alessandra Ball dances with Rebecca Carmazzi

Alessandra Ball dances with Rebecca Carmazzi

Sasha Janes lifts Rebecca Carmazzi

Sasha Janes lifts Rebecca Carmazzi

David Ingram leaps in Diamond's "There Again, Not Slowly"

David Ingram leaps in Diamond's "There Again, Not Slowly"

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More David Ingram

Anna Gerberich and David Ingram in the spotlight

Anna Gerberich and David Ingram in the spotlight

Dustin Layton plays the artist Henri Matisse and Traci Gilchrest is the inspiration for one of his paintings in Mark Diamond's "Matisse"

Dustin Layton plays the artist Henri Matisse and Traci Gilchrest is the inspiration for one of his paintings in "Matisse"

Dustin Layton leaps as Traci Gilchrest is framed onstage

Dustin Layton leaps as Traci Gilchrest is framed onstage

Mary Ellen Beaudreau in "Matisse"

Mary Ellen Beaudreau in "Matisse"

More from Mary Ellen Beaudreau

More from Mary Ellen Beaudreau

Kara Wilkes brings Matisse's "Blue Nude" to life

Kara Wilkes brings Matisse's "Blue Nude" to life

More from "Matisse"

More from "Matisse"

Rebecca Carmazzi gets warmed up backstage as she prepares for "Glass Houses" by Sasha Janes

Rebecca Carmazzi gets warmed up backstage as she prepares for "Glass Houses" by Sasha Janes

Justin VanWeest lifts Alessandra Ball in "Glass Houses"

Justin VanWeest lifts Alessandra Ball in "Glass Houses"

More from "Glass Houses," which incorporates a sculpture by Shaun Cassidy

More from "Glass Houses," which incorporates a sculpture by Shaun Cassidy

David Ingram and Rebecca Carmazzi in "Glass Houses"

David Ingram and Rebecca Carmazzi in "Glass Houses"

Taking a bow after "Moody Booty Blues"

Taking a bow after "Moody Booty Blues"