Rambert by Chris Nash

From the 19th March 2011 the V&A will open a display of over 50 original prints by the outstanding dance photographer, Chris Nash.

Anyone who loves modern dance will be familiar with his name, as he has collaborated with such stellar companies as The Cholmondeleys and Rambert Dance Company, not to mention pioneering choreographers and performers such as Matthew Bourne, Michael Clark and Javier de Frutos.

The exciting display in the V&A’s Theatre & Performance gallery will explore Nash’s innovative and dynamic approach to photography and will present a glimpse of the contemporary dance scene.

On display will be photographs that show how Nash experiments with photography and how he captures the energy of live dance.

Besides the original prints there will also be advertising posters featuring his photography, two abstract video dance pieces created by Nash himself, and a specially commissioned film of Chris Nash at work. The exhibition will also be accompanied by quotations from various choreographers and dancers talking about Nash’s powerful photographs and the inspiration for the images on display.

On working with the V&A, Nash said; ‘I feel as if I have found a great home for my work at the V&A. The archive of photographs and touring exhibition of ‘A Flash of Light’, ensure the ephemeral moments of dance performance can live on.’

A Flash of Light: The Dance Photography of Chris Nash
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Theatre & Performance Gallery
19 March until 29 August 2011
Free admission

Dance Photography Masterclass
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2011
This takes the form of a two day event led by Nash. Day one is a workshop with dancers where Nash will take visitors step by step through the process of photographing their movements. Day two is a workshop on post-production during which Nash will explain his techniques behind the final image. Please contact the V&A for more details about this exciting opportunity.

Words by Anna Bang

Richard Alston Red Run by Chris Nash

Teresa Cholmondeley by Chris Nash

Featherstonehaughs ‘Egon Schiele’ by Chris Nash


Cholmondeleys, Chris Nash, Featherstonehaughs, Javier de Frutos, Matthew Bourne, Michael Clark, Rambert Dance Company, V&A,