“Dance: Loli Kantor”

Specializing in documentary and fine art photography, Loli Kantor spent four years as resident photographer for the Bruce Wood Dance Company, then based in Fort Worth. She also photographed several other Texas dance companies, such as Contemporary Dance Fort Worth, Metropolitan Classical Ballet and Texas Ballet Theatre over the years. Many of those images have been collected for the exhibition “Dance: Loli Kantor,” telling an intimate story about the lives of dancers, in classrooms, rehearsal studios, backstage and, finally, onstage.

Kantor captures both choreographed movements and impromptu moments — graceful dancing, extreme physical strength, bodies at rest. In almost each photograph, shadows play a strong role. In one especially vibrant image, a female dancer poses like a spider, up on pointe and squatting, letting her arms hang as if they’re an extra pair of legs.

The companies, with performance styles ranging from contemporary to modern to classical, became more than just subjects — they became partners in the process. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. Through February 18. 5601 South Braeswood. For information, call 713-551-7223 or visit www.jcchouston.org. Free.
Mondays-Fridays, Sundays. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Feb. 18, 2011

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