Dance Through Life
by Photography by Christopher Cushman & Words by Kevin Ormsby
About the Book
Dance Through Life is a true labor of love for Kevin and myself as well all of the dancers who participated. What started as a simple dance shoot two years ago has blossomed into a book that speaks to non-dancers and dancers alike as it depicts our common humanity. All of the dancers donated many hours to rein-vision dance as a more accessible art form in Toronto. Profits from this project will go towards various youth dance initiatives in the greater Toronto area where the money is desperately needed to support emerging dance artists.
Dance Through Life is a photograph project dedicated to capture the Art of Dance within the parameters of everyday life. The project hopes to capture the innate relationships between dance and everyday life. Images of dance performed in non-traditional locales hopefully demystifying dance as being inaccessible and drawing the obvious metaphor that while all can not express life with such movement and physicality, we all love and move with our own signature grace.
Therefore we all dance!
Christopher Cushman Christopher Cushman was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. Growing up in Detroit in the 60's and 70's gave him a unique perspective on people, which is central to and has informed his work to this day. He began his career in photography during the 80's attracted to portraiture as a means to understand the human condition. Christopher has had showings at galleries in Detroit and at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto's and has been extensively published. Christopher has specialized in a few areas including Dance photography, Portraiture and Documentary. He has photographed dancers from Alvin Ailey, and Garth Fagan in New York as well as Toronto's Ballet Creole. He has published a book on Dance in 2008 entitled "Dance Through Life" and is working two new volumes, one of portraiture Called EPIPHANYNoir and a documentary piece entitled FIERCE! Being Black, Being Gay. His most recent book, BLACKBOOK30 explores the Black Male image 30 years after Mapplethorpe.