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Rick Guest

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Please note this exhibition is open to the public from 22nd-31st January 2016, 11am-6pm.

In this, his second exhibition of dancers to be held at The Hospital Club Gallery, world renowned dance photographer RickGuest with long time collaborator Olivia Pomp, explore the supreme spirit and ensuing physicality that underpins a dancer’s art.

With this remarkable series of portraits he seeks to strip away the external layers of costume, role and performance to reveal the character of the dancers themselves. Once exposed, we see a life of dedication, resolve and sacrifice, reflected in their eyes and carved into their bodies.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The artist must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.”

Rick and Olivia have had the pleasure and honour of working with an astounding array of dancers and companies. The exhibition features such luminary dancers as Edward Watson, Tamara Rojo, Steven McRae, Marianela Nuñez, Alban Lendorf, Zenaida Yanowsky, Melissa Hamilton, as well dancers from the English National Ballet, the Royal Ballet, The Dresden Semperoper, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, the Richard Alston Company and the Royal Danish Ballet. 


  • Louis McMiller

  • Nehemiah Kish & Yuhui Choe

  • Eric Underwood

  • Hikaru Kobayashi

  • Edward Watson

  • James Streeter

  • Federico Bonelli

  • Melissa Hamilton

  • Marianela Nuñez

  • Alison McWhinney

  • Eric Underwood.

  • Edward Watson

  • Zarina Stahnke

  • Steven McRae

  • Yuki Ogasawara

  • Sergei Polunin

  • Zenaida Yanowsky

  • Edward Watson

  • Alban Lendorf

  • Tamara Rojo

  • Edward Watson

  • Olivia Cowley

  • Sarah Lamb

  • Nicholas Bodych

  • Liam Riddick

  • Louis McMiller

  • Thiago Soares & Marianela Nuñez

  • Edward Watson

  • Julia Weiss

  • Jenny Schäferhoff