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Backstage with Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.

by rogerburnett , September 1, 2013—12:00 AM

Topics: dance, life, sketches

Over the last forty-five years, at rehearsals, or during an actual performance, I have spent many hours sketching symphony orchestras, jazz musicians and dance companies from the wings of the stage. When doing so I can feel the spirits of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec looking over my shoulder and egging me on.

A couple of weeks ago found me in the wings of the stage of Dominica's one and only theatre, sketching competitors at a showcase of talent titled, "Dominica Can Dance". Between getting tangled in microphone cables and dodging the ropes that raise the curtain, I had to work at lightening speed in semi darkness. Dancers don't stay still for one second!

I have to thank a young photographer by the name of Maccanie Gallaway and his company "Limitless Studio" for capturing me in the act. You'll find a selection of the sketches I made at



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