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Chris Nash at the V&A

Posted on January 5, 2011

In March, the Victoria and Albert museum opens a display of more than 50 original prints by award-winning dance photographer Chris Nash.

With a career spanning 25 years, Nash is one of the most distinctive photographers working in dance. He has worked with choreographers and performers including Michael Clark, Matthew Bourne and Javier de Frutos, with companies including the Cholmondeleys and Rambert Dance Company. His images have been used internationally.

The display in the V&A’s Theatre and Performance gallery shows off Nash’s innovative use of lighting, composition and collage. Alongside the prints, there will be advertising posters, two abstract video dance pieces created by Nash and a specially commissioned film of the photographer at work.

Nash said, “I feel as if I have found a great home for my work at the V&A. The archive of photographs and touring exhibition of A Flash of Light ensure the ephemeral moments of dance performance can live on.”

A Flash of Light: The Dance Photography of Chris Nash will be on display at the V&A in the Theatre & Performance gallery from March 19 – August 2011. See for details.

Picture: Rambert Dance Company’s Dane Hurst by Chris Nash

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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