Dancers Among Us
A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday
By Jordan Matter
“This book is something you should pick up every time you have forgotten that there is wit and beauty in the world—literally all around us.”
—Alan Cumming, Tony Award-winning actor
Meet photographer Jordan Matter, and some of the Pacific Northwest Ballet artists featured in Dancers Among Us, at two book-signing events in Seattle:
Sunday, November 11 at 3:15 pm (following the final performance of ALL PREMIERE)
Amusements Gift Shop in McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center
Monday, November 12 at 6:30 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue on Capitol Hill.
A man running to catch the train. A woman relaxing on a bench. Office workers in cubicles. A woman shopping for shoes. A mother and son crossing the street. You probably see moments like this every day, but you have never seen them like this.
Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday[/size][size=3] (Workman / Nov 2012) by Jordan Matter presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park.
Photographer Jordan Matter started his Dancers Among Us Project by asking a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company to dance for him in an unexpected place. So, dressed in a commuter’s suit and tie, the dancer flew across a Times Square subway platform. That image, and the others in the book, capture the feeling of being fully alive in the moment; fully present.
The dancers didn’t use trampolines and their positions haven’t been altered in Photoshop. The images here are the magical combination of a photographer, his vision, talented dancers, and the serendipity of what happens when the shutter clicks.
Organized around themes of working, playing, loving, exploring, dreaming, grieving, and living, Dancers Among Us celebrates life in a way that’s fresh, original, and universal.
Six dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet – Kyle Davis, Angelica Generosa, Eric Hipolito Jr., Sarah Pasch, Sean Rollofson and Ezra Thomson – are among the artists featured in Dancers Among Us. Meet them and photographer Jordan Matter at two book-signing events in Seattle: Sunday, November 11 at 3:15 pm at Amusements Gift Shop in McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center (following the final performance of ALL PREMIERE); and Monday, November 12 at 6:30 pm at Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue on Capitol Hill.