Performers captured at the moment they stop doing their thing.
ANNY BIVAND, SURFER – SHOT BY WILLIAM COOPER-MITCHELL AT GODREVY, CORNWALL 06.10.16
"The sea is such a changeable thing, every day feels different. Sometimes the water is peaceful and calm. Other days just feel like a challenge. Particularly in the winter when the swells are bigger and the water is cold, you get held down for longer. It can be scary. However, I rarely go surfing and come out regretting that I went in. It leaves you feeling very refreshed and in touch with your environment. Riding a wave gives you a strange sense of elation, a very addictive feeling."
WAKRAT, MUSICIAN – SHOT BY LEPA GEORGIEVSKA AT BLACKHEART, CAMDEN 27.07.16
“Playing with WAKRAT is the most complete artistic expression I’ve ever experienced. It is my therapy and it makes me a better person. I fuckin love it!"
KAT RONSON, MADELEINE DUNNE, STEFFANIE FREEDOFF, ACTORS – SHOT BY LEPA GEORGIEVSKA ATCOURTYARD THEATRE, HACKNEY 17.06.16
“Coming off stage is always part relief, part euphoria. It’s the kind of ecstasy that is always craved but inevitably forgotten minutes before stepping on stage. Heightened by a sense of pride for ourselves, for each other and achievement that we’d never experienced before, we also create a connection between us – a bizarre bond that felt liberating, unifying and safe. You cannot bottle that feeling.”
TOMIWA EDUN, ACTOR – SHOT BY DANI RIOT AT NATIONAL THEATRE, SOUTHBANK 29.09.16
“There’s an exhilaration that comes in the wake of a performance. It can take a couple of hours to unwind from that high... But the moments immediately after stepping offstage are mostly filled with uncertainty – wondering what the hell just happened – and then followed with a rush of little discoveries about anything and everything; something I’ve learned about my character or a revelation about the play and what it’s really about; eureka moments about aspects of my life that have nothing to do with the play – realising how best I can help a friend or lighting on exactly what it is I’ve been craving for dinner all week. It can be pretty wacky, but always interesting!"
THE NIGHT FLOWERS, BAND – SHOT BY LEPA GEORGIEVSKA AT THE SOCIAL, FITZROVIA 18.08.16
“The serotonin hit reflected upon in the afterglow of a live performance is quite unlike anything else; as if the shared experience of sound vibrations throughout the band, and audience, and staff, and venue, and whoever else may be chancing upon the scattered waves that depart unto the street, join each and everything touched by said undulation, and for that moment resonate symmetrically and are one, whether choosing to embrace its primal joys — surely a link to the basic foundations of the universe? — or to reject them (though I do not believe that many have left a Night Flowers gig without a smile).
TOM DURANT PRITCHARD & SOPHIE SPREADBURY, ACTORS – SHOT BY LEPA GEORGIEVSKA AT COURTYARD THEATRE, HACKNEY 12.08.16
"The best thing about performing live is it keeps you out the pub."
MARNIE SCARLET, BURLESQUE PERFORMER – ANDAZ HOTEL, CITY OF LONDON 27.08.16
“The stage and performing makes me feel alive. It is where all my creative skills meet and explode. It is where I can be whatever I want to be and express myself totally – I can be my own creation. The stage is where I find my ideas and where I throw my ideas out into the world! I am a blessed person to have found the performer life and that the performer life has found me.”
Thumb and header image TIm Commerford of WAKRAT shot by Lepa Georgievska.