Enigmatic Bodyscapes

CompanyChris Kirby photographer
PhotographerChris Kirby
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

“Enigmatic Bodyscapes” is from a series and editorial feature about contemporary dance in today’s South Africa. South African contemporary dance is an enigmatic art form that is a mix of many influences, such as: ballet, ball-room, dance theatre, jazz, tap dance, Indian dance, as well as traditional tribal dances, street dances, uniquely South African dances such as Toyi Toyi, the gumboot dance, Isipantsua, Sbhujwa and afro-fusion. During apartheid, contemporary dance championed the causes of freedom and democracy for the majority black population. Today, it stages performances in theatres in Johannesburg and Cape Town to enthusiastic audiences - with dance performers from all races. Dance schools, although struggling for government funding (as are all the arts in South Africa), are springing up across the country led by talented dancers and choreographers, many of whom have lived, trained and worked overseas.

About Photographer

London born photographer, who lives in Norfolk, UK. I work on self-selected & commissioned social & environmental documentary photography projects. I was admitted to art-school (Kingston College of Art & Design) and gained an early appreciation of photography, as well as painting and drawing. During a career spent mostly in business management, I continually maintained my interests in the creative - by both publishing and exhibiting my photography and art. I later studied for and gained a diploma in journalism from the British College of Journalism - and occasionally write articles to accompany my photography. My work has been exhibited - and I have won various international awards, the most recent being Urban Photographer of the Year, 2015 and honourable mentions with the IPA - Int'l Photography Awards, 2015. I am currently working on the publication of a photo-book about the township of Soweto.