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Rice Dance Theatre

Rice Dance Theatre (RDT) is a pre-professional dance company for Rice students, typically with 25-30 dancers. The company hosts two annual performances for Rice University and the Houston community where professional and student choreography is featured.

Each performance required the creation of a promotional poster, table topper, performance program and tickets. For these materials, every semester a photoshoot was conducted in order to source images of the current company dancers. Creative direction for the photoshoot and promotional materials was decided upon after brainstorming with the company's artistic director. Photos were taken by myself and the current student worker I had at the time.

 For the Fall 2014 photoshoot, I made the decision to experiment with light painting and dancing. I purchased various glowing objects and toy lights, and let the dancers move about in a blackbox theater.   Photo credit:  Amy Smith

For the Fall 2014 photoshoot, I made the decision to experiment with light painting and dancing. I purchased various glowing objects and toy lights, and let the dancers move about in a blackbox theater.

Photo credit: Amy Smith

 Program for the Fall 2014 performance.   Photo credit : Amy Smith (cover image) and Jane Park (back image).

Program for the Fall 2014 performance.

Photo credit: Amy Smith (cover image) and Jane Park (back image).

 For the Fall 2015 photoshoot, we selected a flat spot on campus to experiment with shadows.   Photo credit:  Amy Smith

For the Fall 2015 photoshoot, we selected a flat spot on campus to experiment with shadows.

Photo credit: Amy Smith

 Tickets for the three-night performance in Fall 2015.

Tickets for the three-night performance in Fall 2015.

 Poster distributed across campus to promote RDT auditions.   Photo credit : Amy Smith

Poster distributed across campus to promote RDT auditions.

Photo credit: Amy Smith

 In the Spring of 2015, Rice Dance Theatre celebrated their 35th Anniversary. To emphasize that celebration, the company's artistic director and myself decided to hold a "birthday party" for RDT, complete with cake and balloons.   Photo credit:  Amy Smith (upper left, upper center, and bottom left images) and Jimmy Kim (upper right and center images)

In the Spring of 2015, Rice Dance Theatre celebrated their 35th Anniversary. To emphasize that celebration, the company's artistic director and myself decided to hold a "birthday party" for RDT, complete with cake and balloons.

Photo credit: Amy Smith (upper left, upper center, and bottom left images) and Jimmy Kim (upper right and center images)

 Program for the Spring 2015 performance.   Photo credit:  Amy Smith (cover image) and Jimmy Kim (back image)

Program for the Spring 2015 performance.

Photo credit: Amy Smith (cover image) and Jimmy Kim (back image)

 Rice University has a beautiful campus, and in the Spring of 2014 we decided to have our photoshoot in the most iconic spot on campus - the "sallyport" or archway of Lovett Hall.    Photo credit:  Jane Park

Rice University has a beautiful campus, and in the Spring of 2014 we decided to have our photoshoot in the most iconic spot on campus - the "sallyport" or archway of Lovett Hall. 

Photo credit: Jane Park

 Program for the Spring 2014 performance.   Photo credit:  Jane Park (cover image) and Amy Smith (back image)

Program for the Spring 2014 performance.

Photo credit: Jane Park (cover image) and Amy Smith (back image)

 For Fall 2013's "In Transit" performance, the title and photoshoot were inspired by Jordan Matter's "Dancers Among Us" series where he featured dancers executing dramatic poses in everyday settings.   Photo credit:  Amy Smith

For Fall 2013's "In Transit" performance, the title and photoshoot were inspired by Jordan Matter's "Dancers Among Us" series where he featured dancers executing dramatic poses in everyday settings.

Photo credit: Amy Smith

 Table toppers, which were placed on tables in campus serveries, to advertise the Fall 2013 performance.   Photo credit:  Jane Park

Table toppers, which were placed on tables in campus serveries, to advertise the Fall 2013 performance.

Photo credit: Jane Park