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Cylla von Tiedemann

Cylla von Tiedemann is one of Canada’s most sought-after performance photographers.  She has become renowned for her ability to capture points in movement.

Cylla von Tiedemann is one of Canada’s most sought-after performance photographers.  She has become renowned for her ability to capture points in movement.

In the mid 1980’s, at a time of great transformation in his life, Cylla stepped into the studio with Canadian Icon Toller Cranston.  Toller thought it would be a project that would explore visual angles of the camera, however what Cylla captured of his incredible performance; the spirit and beauty Toller expressed with his body – resulted in a project that portrayed his moment of metamorphosis.   This series of images is being exhibited for the first time.

“Toller was an incredible performer and I could not stop shooting him…I must have shot 15 rolls of film…bang, bang, bang. He’s truly a dancer. His spirit and his beauty is in his body. It’s in every muscle. He has such an understanding of presenting; of bringing that out and performing. He gave me a lot to work with.”

Cylla came to Canada in the early eighties from Germany to become a photographer. She quickly realized that the arts will be her domain, especially the Performing Arts: dance, theatre, and music. Renowned for her dance portraiture and live theatre photography, she is also a respected visual designer for the stage.

Cylla has collaborated with artists around the world, including France, Germany, India, Japan and the USA. She has worked with most of the leading companies in Canada, especially in dance and theatre. Her clientele ranged from The National Ballet of Canada, Stratford Festival, Mirvish Production and Toronto Dance Theatre, Danny Grossman among many others. She has presented creative workshops at multiple universities in Canada and teaches photography workshops in Toronto.

Cylla’s images have been exhibited internationally and are part of many private and corporate art collections. “The Dance Photographs of Cylla von Tiedemann”, a publication from the National Arts Centre, recognizes her vast contribution to dance photography. She also developed her own artistic portfolio over the years and had numerous shows internationally and in Canada. Over the years, she was represented by Jane Corkin Gallery, Elaine Fleck and the Green Gallery and has now joined Donna Child Fine Art Gallery.

In the mid 1980’s, at a time of great transformation in his life, Cylla stepped into the studio with Canadian Icon Toller Cranston.  Toller thought it would be a project that would explore visual angles of the camera, however what Cylla captured of his incredible performance; the spirit and beauty Toller expressed with his body – resulted in a project that portrayed his moment of metamorphosis.   This series of images is being exhibited for the first time.

“Toller was an incredible performer and I could not stop shooting him…I must have shot 15 rolls of film…bang, bang, bang. He’s truly a dancer. His spirit and his beauty is in his body. It’s in every muscle. He has such an understanding of presenting; of bringing that out and performing. He gave me a lot to work with.”

Cylla von Tiedemann