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Exhibit highlights work of performing arts photographer

Dancer Lynndsey Larre from the photo exhibition at the Al Green Gallery.

Cylla von Tiedemann/Handout

The exhibit What Dances in Between at the Al Green Gallery highlights the work of Cylla von Tiedemann, an international photographer of the performing arts. The works include new work and black-and-white archival silver prints, as well as portraits of graduating dancers from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, including the one featured here. Von Tiedemann speaks about the class portraits in general and specifically of Lynndsey Larre, a graduate in 2006, currently involved with contemporary dance in Toronto as a dancer and choreographer.

"The dancers are truly giving their best at the end of three years of schooling. They're in perfect shape, and that is what we want to capture: the brilliance and the accomplishment of the trained modern dancer. Lynndsey is a very lean, long and elegant dancer. She has a lot of courage and commitment to throw herself, literally, into an empty space. It is so much energy going forward as she thrusts herself, and you are only able to do that if you are in great command of your body. With these portraits in particular I become the true dance photographer, by capturing the height and exquisite moment of their movement. The commitment and the energy and the fearlessness and all the potential is extremely exciting. I feel very fortunate to do this every year, and to see what is growing in the dance field."

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