Fine art photography image at Queen's University's Isabel Bader Centre of the Performing Arts by Elizabeth Hesp from collaborative project Visual Rhythms Architecture Dance Music shot in the Isabel Bader Centre Rehearsal Hall

Visual Rhythms Architecture Dance Music

 

The Concept

  • Do the physical spaces we inhabit and experience influence our emotional spaces?
  • Can both heritage and contemporary architecture equally facilitate creative and artistic expressions?
  • Is rhythm the common element connecting architecture, photography, dance and music?
  • Can the frozen rhythm of architectural design be connected via still photography to the performance rhythms of dance and music?
  • How to combine all four art genres and present a cross cultural visual narrative that will highlight and celebrate Kingston’s architecture?

All these questions led to my general research between 2014 and 2016. But the conversations across social media on the topic of ‘downtown intensification of Kingston’ were the catalyst that synthesized the concept of my collaborative, non-commercial, visual art project Visual Rhythms Architecture Dance Music.

The Project

The project showcases the performance talent of youth from the Kingston community and Queen’s University, under my artistic direction, against the backdrop of the Limestone City’s heritage and contemporary architecture.

Using only ambient light, Ballet, Bharatanatyam and Violin music concepts were coordinated with architecture and captured in one photographic frame. The conceptualized images have tried to connect the rhythm of the four art genres in a unified visual perspective celebrating our historic First Capital of Canada.

The Locations

Photography and some videography was accomplished at multiple landmark locations in the City of Kingston. The project was possible because of the welcoming and supporting environment at each location. Many thanks to the management and staff at each institution. They are:

I invite you to share this route of exploration and creativity, by signing up for updates about the exhibition coming in June 2018 and the project publication following soon after.

Fine art photography image of Rehearsal Hall at the Isabel Bader Centre of the Performing Arts, Kingston ontario

Exhibition at the Isabel Bader Centre of the Performing Arts in June 2018.

 

It has been an honour collaborating with Queen’s University’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts with this project.

The ongoing support has included access for photography on the premises, plus free exhibition space in the Centre’s Arts and Media Lab.

Many thanks, to Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel Bader Centre and the office and technical staff for their interest in and support for Visual Rhythms Architecture Dance Music.

Meet the Project Volunteers

Isla Turcke ballet dancer and youth volunteer participant in Visual Rhythms Architecture Dance Music

Isla Turcke

Isla our Ballet Dancer from 5678 Dance Studio in Kingston, now studying at McMaster University, elegantly delivered her perfectionism in ballet to the project photography.

Kavina Sathiyasothy Bharatanatyam dancer and youth volunteer participant in Visual Rhythms Architecture Dance Music

Kavina Sathiyasothy

Kavina our Bharatanatyam Dancer from Queen’s University, now in Med School in Granada, brought her commitment, grace and expertise of her dance form to the project photography.

Sophie Szczesniak violinist and youth volunteer participant in Visual Rhythms Architecture Dance Music

Sophie Szczesniak

Sophie our Violinist and talented music teacher from Sistema Kingston added her statuesque presence and musician’s precision of form to the project photography.

Haley Sarfeld copy editor and youth volunteer participant in Visual Rhythms Architecture Dance Music

Haley Sarfeld

Haley our Copy Editor, presently studying English Literature at Queen’s University, brings her love for the English language and advanced editing skills to the project publication.