In October of 2017, I enjoyed an interdisciplinary performance of dance by Company Noi and photography by the late Marc Lagrange in an archeological setting of antiquities in The Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, Belgium. Impressed by the performance, I connected with Company Noi and one thing led to another.

My love for dance goes back as far as I can remember. The end result, the actual performances are the cherries on the cake. But there is so much beauty in observing the rehearsals, capturing this rawness, the bodies, their strength, the effort, the perseverance. This photographic project is shot during rehearsals in Antwerp.

Music by Trentemoller "Miss You"

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dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, body, portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, backbend, dancer
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, graceful, portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, dancer, eyes closed, upper body

Embrace

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dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, artistic,  dancers,  portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, double exposure, 2 women, graphic

Body Double

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Back Bend

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dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, donna, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, dancer, portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, sitting, arms up
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, beautiful, graceful, portrait, dancer, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, double exposure
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, dancer, graceful, portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, dancer, body,  graceful, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, belly, close-up
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, motion, panning, dancers, running

Run Baby, Run

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dance photography by Iris Debelder,  Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography,  portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, laying down, windows, dancer
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women,rehearsal, choreography, artistic,  window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, long exposure, motion, legs, dancers
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, woman, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, beautiful, graceful, portrait, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance,  sitting
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, portrait,  window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, motion, 3 women, dancers, dancing
dance photography by Iris Debelder,  Belgium, black&white, bw, women, donna, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, beautiful, graceful, portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, silhouette
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, woman, rehearsal, choreography, artistic,  window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, long exposure, motion, legs, dancer
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, woman, rehearsal, choreography, graceful, portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, legs, strong, dancer
dance photography, Belgium, black&white, bw, women, donna, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, beautiful, graceful, portrait, daylight, window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, strong, mirror, reflection
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, beautiful,  window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, long exposure, motion, bending down, long hair, dancer
dance photography by Iris Debelder, Belgium, black & white, bw, women, donna, rehearsal, choreography, artistic, beautiful,  window light, Company Noi, contemporary dance, long exposure, motion, legs, dancer

Photographs of the Lula Washington Dance Company and The Helios Dance Theater, Dance Companies from Los Angeles.

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dance, couple, man and woman, touching, toned color, african-american, Lula Washington Dance Company,  spot lights, full body, Los Angeles,  dancing, african-american, LA, dance photography by Iris Debelder, dancers
dance, girls, young women, movement, african-american, Lula Washington Dance Company, skirt, movement, women dancing, spot lights, Los Angeles, LA, dance photography by Iris Debelder, dancers
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dance, dancers,  young women, motion, movement,  african-american, Lula Washington Dance Company, skirt, action, spot lights, bodies, LA, dancing, dance photography by Iris Debelder
dance, dancers,  young women, motion, movement,  african-american, Lula Washington Dance Company, skirt, action, spot lights, bodies, LA, dancing, dance photography by Iris Debelder
Helios Dance Theater, costume, legs, man and woman, woman, woman sitting, choreography, Los Angeles, dance, dance company, color, spot lights,  dancing, dancers, dance photography by Iris Debelder
Helios Dance Theater, costume,  man and woman,  sitting, choreography, Los Angeles, dance, dance company, color, spot lights,  dancing, embrace, dancers, dance photography by Iris Debelder
Helios Dance Theater, costume, man and woman, woman, airborne, choreography, Los Angeles, dance, dance company, color, spot lights,  dancing, dancers, dance photography by Iris Debelder
Helios Dance Theater, costume, legs, woman, legs, choreography, Los Angeles, dance, dance company, color, spot lights,  dancing, dancers, dance photography by Iris Debelder
Helios Dance Theater, costume, man and woman, airborne, choreography, Los Angeles, dance, dance company, color, spot lights,  dancing, dancers, dance photography by Iris Debelder
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