The Returns

Yesterday I went to see a performance of the Forsythe Company during the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. I got totally overwhelmed by the piece and the originality and richness of its costumes. Instantly I felt the urge to photograph them all against the same background.

When I met the associate artistic director afterwards I asked him if I could come back the next day during their last ever performance of ‘The Returns’. He said yes. And so I returned, now backstage, and photographed as many costumes as possible. It felt like being backstage at a fashion show from another world. For one night I became part of the crew, capturing the dancers who only had a few seconds to be photographed before going on stage. Sometimes none.