During their June 17th performance at Ailey Citigroup, Lydia Johnson Dance allowed Kokyat to wander the backstage areas during the show. Here are some of his images, starting above with a pre-performance lighting test while dancers Jessica Sand and Sean Patrick Mahoney (a guest performer from Paul Taylor Dance Company) polished up a partnering motif from the new work ZERO HOURS.
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Sean Mahoney chills before the warmup.
Kerry Shea gets some stretching in.
...and stretching space.
Curtain up: UNTITLED BACH with Blake Hennessey-York, James Hernandez and Or Sagi.
Waiting in the wings: Or Sagi.
BACH dancers: Shannon Maynor and Eric Vlach (foreground) with Laura DiOrio and James Hernandez.
SUMMER HOUSE: Laura DiOrio and Robert Robinson.
Laura DiOrio in SUMMER HOUSE
Blake Hennessey-York casts a big shadow.
Waiting for their cue: Laura DiOrio and Lisa Iannacito McBride
LAMENT, to music of Gorecki.
Guest artist Sean Patrick Mahoney in LAMENT.
Kerry Shea waits for ZERO HOURS.
Girls go off during ZERO HOURS.
All photos by Kokyat. Thanks to Lydia and her dancers for having him in the backstage world for an evening.