Photographer's Note

I posted two consecutive dance photos (of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble dancers) just for sampling purposes to show the results of my new camera, but this posting is for critiquing. So fire away with the usual "too much sharpening, not enough sharpening" etc.

The choreography of the Dance "Salome's Daughters" was created by the internationally accalimed dancer and choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin. This photo was taken of her "Salome's Daughters" choreography but I named it the more generic name of "Isis Rising" which was the title of the entire performance produced by the Denver dance group the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble last September.

Cleo Parker Robinson started this dance group in 1970 as a grass roots organization and now it is a multi-cultural performing arts organization in Denver, Colorado. In 1999 the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble became an affiliate of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Cleo's group has a long and impressive resume of performances abroad including the countries of Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, and Germany which brought critical acclaim. She has taught workshops and toured with her ensemble in Hawaii, Belize, East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, Singapore, Nassau, and Iceland. In April of 1999, the Ensemble performed at the Gomhouria Theater of the Cairo Opera House and in August of 2000 they completed a sixteen day tour of Rome, Sicily, and Sardinia. In November of 2000 they also comlpleted a tour of Israel and performed at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. This is just a very brief summary of the groups' accomplishments and I could go on about this fantastic group for hours. It is a huge honor for me to be a small part of their group and to photograph and document their dance performances.

All of the dancers that I depict in these images are all world-class professionals who belong to the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. This particular dancer is Nicole Salazar who is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I do believe that this dance Ensemble fits into the Trek Earth theme because of their multi-cultural theme and because they are some of Colorado's best ambassadors of goodwill and cultural exchange through the arts.

*I posted a workshop photo showing Cleo Parker Robinson speaking to the audience. The workshop photo was not intended for critiquing but strictly used to show Cleo. There is a slight amount of background noise in the main "Isis Rising" image that was not visible in the large res image but after writing my long note I am not about to repost this photo.

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