Hope you're enjoying a restful long weekend!
A few days ago, my friend and collaborator, Gene Schiavone, was a guest on the podcast "Dance Talk With Joanne Carey." I was on Joanne's show earlier this year, and when I heard that Gene and Joanne would be taping an episode, I knew it was bound to be an engaging conversation, complete with Joanne's insightful questions and Gene's always fascinating commentary. Gene's perspective on dance and the dance world is particularly unique: With absolutely no background in, exposure to or even interest in dance, he unwittingly came to be positioned with the tightest focus on (and insider knowledge of) every aspect of its inner and outer workings. Especially remarkable is that despite an absence of any formal instruction on ballet technique, he knew instinctively how to catch dancers' best moments.
I wasn't disappointed. Gene and Joanne talked about the entire scope of his career, from the surprising way he stumbled into dance photography to the logistics of shooting in different theaters, his favorite ballets to photograph, and why he likes to look past the stars and focus his lens on the individuals of the corps de ballet.
Gene also talked about why he wanted to create the book we are working on together and his (our) hopes for it. The book is very much still in development, but every week its shape becomes clearer. We've got a lot of work yet to be done, but the process is deeply fascinating, as I described in last week's letter about one of our subjects, Jacob Hughes.
Below are links to the podcast episode on Apple podcasts and Spotify. Enjoy!