Few days ago I had the pleasure to see Breathe All The Places You Go, a show put together by a bunch of graduates out of the Berlin Circus Academy – and what a wonderful treat that was! Quirky setting of a dimly lit and rather small circus tent located just at the edges of Görlitzer Park added to the atmosphere, rendering the entire experience in rather surreal and dreamlike light. Exactly as I like the things to be! – I was thinking, when the soundtrack started to roll followed by the performers. Choreography was mostly excellent and rare parts of the show that were bordering on ‘indifferent average’ were successfully rescued by stunning choice of background music. Initially and without knowing what to expect – I was hoping to see traditional circus gags and stunts but ‘Breathe All The Places You Go’ is much more of a contemporary dance performance with occasional ‘circus element’ thrown in for good measure. All in all, four stars out of five – easily! – especially when keeping in mind that we are talking about a bunch of guys and girls who are just starting their careers. Great stuff and congratulations to all involved!
For those interested in photography and the way how provided images were created, here are some details. As you can imagine, fast moving subjects (in this case performers of the show) in low light conditions can be very tricky to capture properly. While it is imperative to have skills and to find a good spot and the angle, in such instances, most boils down to technology. By technology I mean the following – decent full frame camera body (I was using Nikon D800), sharp f2.8 lens (Nikon 24-70 f2.8 was used in this case) and high ISO setting – that is it! Full frame body is important since it reduces the grain or noise in the images due to its large sensor, high ISO is essential (I was using 6400) for the sake of fast shutter speeds capable of freezing the action and avoiding motion blur effect while quality optics with low f number goes without saying. Hope you like the images and, if you are in Berlin, make sure to catch the show! Personally, I am looking forward to seeing what else this team with rather chunky potential can come up with.