Friday, December 20, 2013

Pictures of the Year, 2013

[Over 13 days, from December 20-January 2, we will be publishing the best live performance photos or promo shots of the year. We began choosing them by considering the 50 Pictures of the Week we published in 2013. The most difficult decisions involved cutting that down to ten photos and two runners-up. However when it came to deciding Picture of the Year, which we'll reveal January 2, the decision was obvious almost from the moment we originally published the photo. As we show you each photo in this holiday series, we will also share with you what we wrote about it at the time. Enjoy! [and help us spread the word about this magnificent art form: performing arts photography!]

You won't find many operas as photogenic as Richard Strauss's Salome and not many productions of the piece as image-laden as one directed by Atom Egoyan. However, capturing those pictures for a stand-alone shot is no small task, but once again Michael Cooper has chosen the perfect moment in this COC production. Here he offers the scene everyone knows (but doesn't know like this): The Dance of the Seven Veils. Like Strauss' music, it is as sexual as it is violent - a queasifying blend of eros and pornographos with menace and submission also suggested. This is a classic theatre photograph in one very important sense: it makes one want to see the production.

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