Movement Arts Center

Friday, February 2, 2018
6:00 pm

This month the Movement Arts Center is eager to exhibit featured artist Nathan Carlson, a 20 year-old Cal Poly Junior from the Bay Area who has made a name for himself shooting dancers in outdoor situations including cities, seascapes, and country roads.  He is a 3rd place winner in this year’s New Times Photo Contest and his work can be viewed on Instagram at nathaancarlson, where he has over 4,000 followers.

“I have an ever increasing respect for dancers; their level of dedication, ceaseless poise, and love of dance is truly inspiring," says Carlson.  “I decided to shoot dancers because I want to bring the same joy and inspiration that I have felt through dance to others.”

Carlson’s exhibition will include works taken over the past year throughout San Francisco, Paris, New York City, and on the Central Coast.  They feature professional dancers as well as students, including those of San Luis Obispo’s own Movement Arts Center and Movement Arts Collective.

“Nathan’s photos are unique in his ability to demonstrate both contrast and cohesion in one work.  In some pictures the fluid lines of the dancer stand in opposition to the hard lines of a city, in others nature’s power is matched and at times challenged by the physical strength and musculature of the ballerina.  This is why we were interested in displaying his artwork at the Movement Arts Center, it places dance in unexpected settings and challenges us to consider how we inhabit space and interact with our environment” – Ryan Lawrence, Owner-Director The Movement Arts Center.

Accompanying the exhibition will be live dance performances from the Movement Arts Collective featuring classical variations, contemporary solos, and small group original choreographies.  The works are presented in preparation for the Collective’s participation in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix.  The international ballet competition which formed the basis for the award winning 2011 documentary film, First Position, takes place in over 30 cities throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, with the finals being held in New York each Spring.

More info about the Movement Arts Center at www.slomac.com.  Info about the Movement Arts Collective at www.movementartscollective.org.

Dancer on Road
Dancer on Subway Platform
Dancer on Road
Dancer on Road
Dancer on Subway Platform
Dancer on Subway Platform