An Original Art Form
Symphonic photochoreography is
an innovative art form that engages audiences worldwide with evocative, multi-image photographic essays choreographed and performed live to selected works of classical music. James Westwater and Nicholas Bardonnay precisely cue their photochoreography
to the orchestra's performance of the music. No click track is used.
Arts photochoreography is programmed by orchestras of all sizes
pops, educational, family, summer festival and chamber music concerts.more >
Two New Pieces Commemorate
100th Anniversary of WWI and 75th
Anniversary of WWII
Iceland: An Unforgettable Concert Experience For 2015-16
Debussy, Lyadov and Satie now available for Ghosts of the Mist
Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Commission New Photochoreography Piece for Complete Má vlast
Tucson and Phoenix SymphoniesCommission Grand Canyon Suite Piece
to Celebrate AZ Centennial
Minnesota Orchestra performs A Love for the
Land, set to Appalachian Spring. The photos at the top of this page are from the piece, Yellowstone.
Westwater Arts currently offers 18 photo-
choreography pieces set to the music of Beethoven, Bach, Dvorák, Barber, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Smetana, Shostakovich, Fauré, Pärt, Copland, Elgar, Diamond, Hovhaness, Glass, Lyadov, Satie, Pachelbel, Grofé, Górecki, Mahler and Sibelius. We are also continually producing new pieces. more >
"the images magnified
the music" at the
sold out concert with the National Symphony
LA Times "the photography
Cleveland Plain Dealer "splendid... breathtakingly beautiful"
The Charlotte Observer "The merging
of sound and image was exquisite."
School Teacher, Portland, ME "Wow! The power of music and photography! We left the concert hall as changed people, enriched! ...
It was a life changing experience."more >
How Photochoreography Works
As your musicians perform, we precisely cue elegant visual transitions that
fill an immense 440-square-foot, three-panel, panoramic screen with single, double and triple image combinations that often form stunning panoramas.
The performance fee normally includes all digital projection equipment and screens as well
as Westwater Arts supervision of the setup and takedown. Symphonic photochoreography
is performed in all kinds of venues including concert halls, auditoriums and outdoors.
Photochoreography engagements include the principal orchestras of Cleveland, Toronto, Scotland, Pittsburgh,
Seattle, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Dallas, Vancouver, Baltimore, Milwaukee,
Detroit, St. Paul, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Portland,
Denver, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Columbus, Rochester, Liverpool and Singapore, plus over
150 more >
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Hands-On Community Engagement
Westwater Arts offers two readily fundable programs—Kids, Cameras & Classics™ and Community, Cameras & Classics™—that directly connect orchestras with their communities. Through these programs your orchestra can attract additional sponsors and community partners, expand your educational outreach efforts, and
new friends in your community.
Over 50 orchestras have already used symphonic photochoreography
to put their communities at center stage.
Dr. James Westwater is the originator of symphonic photochoreography. During his extensive career spanning more than four decades, Westwater has performed with over 160 orchestras across North America and abroad, having received over 50 commissions from orchestras and sponsors. He was the National Science Foundation's Artist in the Antarctic, received the Antarctic Medal, authored an award winning book of photography and served two years as an Artist in Residence with the National Endowment for the Arts.more >
Nicholas Bardonnay is a 32-year-old photographer and multimedia artist. Since joining Westwater Arts in 2009,
he has photographed, produced and performed three major photo-choreography commissions in collaboration with James Westwater and has worked with orchestras across the US and abroad on more than 50 concerts. Galleries in London, Los Angeles, Portland, Hong Kong and other cities have exhibited his photography.more >