The Underground Garden: Mickey West Photography – Dance Figuratively Speaking


 

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“So I’m working on a huge dance project if you’re interested. It’s all about speaking through dance. I’ve already had 70 dancers already participate. Think Humans of New York, but with dancers and in Boston. For this project, dancers pick a place with special meaning to them, wear whatever they want and I’ll meet them there.”

That’s the email I received from photographer Mickey West of Mickey West Photography after she took amazing photos at The Harvard Breakers’ Pandora’s Jam (https://oddballmagazine.com/2015/12/03/the-underground-garden-pandoras-jam/) in December of last year. Mickey West can freeze the freshness. Bear witness!!!

OF COURSE I said Yes! #1 It’s an honor and complete joy to be captured in natural bliss. #2 Did you see her pictures?! Mickey has been photographing dancers for this project since July 2015 and has 166 plus dancers involved. “The project is for the Honor College at UMass Boston where I am graduating with a dual degree in Communications and Art. The idea behind the project is to show that dance is a way of speaking. I was inspired by Humans of New York and Bosoma Dance Company. I loved hearing the stories of people in New York and I noticed how directors in Bosoma would speak about the world through their dancers. I used to be dancer myself before I came to college. Dance photography is a way of connecting me to the world of dance. And there’s something I love about being able to capture the still beautiful movement of dancers.”

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Ms. Mickey West’s dance project/thesis, Dance Figuratively Speaking, will be exhibited Saturday, May 7 at Mass Motion Dance, 100 Holton Street, Boston beginning at 6:00 p.m.! “The exhibit is taking place at Mass Motion Dance in Boston because that’s where I graduated from in 2012, it’s where Bosoma trains, and what better place to have a dance photography show than in a dance studio.”

Food will be served and smiles will be revealed. You are cordially invited into the minds of Boston dancers as seen through the eye of Mickey West Photography. I hope you check out this wonderful project that has been given so much commitment and love. Dance indeed is a language. Thank You Mickey for allowing us to speak ours to your lens!

We Celebrate Mickey West’s DANCE FIGURATIAVELY SPEAKING next Saturday, May 7th! Congratulations Mickey!!

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Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect.

 

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