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trust the story, trust the actors

I took most of these photos during discussions and breaks, so I have very few pictures of the actual performing. I was too engaged in the action to stop for photos.

more about Toronto Playback Theatre [torontoplayback.com].

In improvisational theatre, every moment involves entering an unknown. That would be scary enough working alone, but this is an unknown that depends on others, and the work is physical.

The challenge for me is to stay open yet grounded, active and balanced at the same time.

If you are curious about this workshop, there is a little more background on it in the series I did at the previous workshop [photoblog.com] in February.

Christopher von Baeyer, artistic director of the Toronto Playback Theatre Company

Jerry's hands tell the story.

Paul and Jerry at lunch time. Sweet!

Jerry tuning in to Paul


Paul (two Pauls are an essential ingredient in a good workshop, don't you think?)



Playing back someone's story from childhood: Road trip with dad.

Leilani's sense of flow.

I like this contemplative view of Annabelle.

I was *going* to title this picture ‘lucky Sherri’, but that would have been TOTALLY inappropriate, so I won't.

a deep kind of listening

this expression reflects what I know of Chris - watchful, perceptive, reserved, in charge, curious, and so very keen. Sharp. like a blade. like a hawk.

elegant ending

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    • # Chandra Ganne

      Wow...stunning...what a beautiful set/portraits..Last one is amazing..keep coming from your camera.

      2008.04.09 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sara [Loved]

      they guy in 10 looks like steve martin

      i wish i could hear them play as beautifully as they were photographed

      2008.04.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Cathrine

      Beautiful photos, you have a great knack for capturing people at the right moments.

      2008.04.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Alberto Moreira

      Muchas felicidades Julia, me encantaran tus photos! (perdona hacer el comentario en castellano pero es con el que mejor puedo expresar lo que siento) yo tambien soy un adepto de la figura.... como consigues enfocar perfectamente los laberintos de ideas de cada personaje.... captar el dolor, ambigüedad el júbilo.... espirales de emociones revueltas de sentimientos a veces mudos, que solo cada representado sabe mejor como explicar su sentir.... muchas muchas felicidades! besito, amoreira

      2008.04.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Riaz

      Great Portraits, love the lighting! May be I need to get a few tips from you on the lighting side!

      2008.04.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Harry Oldmeadow

      Wonderful portraits — you are a master of light as well as being very sensitive to your subject. Superb!

      2008.04.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Andrea

      Lots of nice portraits there. I particularly like Jerry with guitar, Rob, and Annabelle. As a not portrait, i like leilani. That nuno felt scarf looks rather nice - unusual colour combo.

      2008.04.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Carley

      Of all the people I see on this photoblog, you take the most consistently amazing photographs! You always seems to catch the person inside... and your lighting is spectacular.

      2008.04.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      I really like the intense shot of Chris, very few people look right into the camera this way.... well done!

      2008.03.31 Edited Reply Cancel