Something Heroic and Distant: Dancers Creating in the Time of COVID-19

Collaborating with a courageous and diverse group of dancers during the COVID-19 lockdown, photographer Kyle Adler has crafted a stunning visual testament to how we share a need to create even while each of us owns a unique story.

Type of Exhibition: Art

Erin Yen, photograph, Kyle Adler, 2021.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic closed most creative outlets for artists, I experienced first-hand the unprecedented upheaval this situation forced upon local artists. I looked to my local SF Bay Area’s vibrant and diverse dance community for inspiration. I then launched the Something Heroic and Distant Project as a testament to the resilient spirit of the creative community during these trying times. The Project adhered to the Bay Area’s strict shelter-in-place orders while allowing local dancers to create, inspiring others to keep the artistic community strong during our quarantine, raising funds for those most in need, and documenting this surrealistic period in our history. During the most challenging months of April, May, and June 2020, I conducted nearly 40 distanced photoshoots with dancers representing a diverse range of identities, dance styles, and quarantine experiences.” – Kyle Adler

View the exhibition here.

View a pdf version of the exhibit here.

Sign up for a talk with the artist on January 12 at 8pm here.


Kyle Adler is an award-winning professional photographer specializing in travel, performing arts, and culture, and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work is unified by a passion for capturing the unique spirit of each place and its people. Kyle is a recent winner of the prestigious international competition, Travel Photographer of the Year, and he was shortlisted for the National Geographic Travel Photography competition. He was selected in a 2019 worldwide search by Digital Photo Pro Magazine as one of three emerging professionals. Kyle’s work has been published and exhibited widely around the world. He is a member of the 2021 cohort of the LABA Artist Fellowship, a Jewish house of study and culture laboratory which uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue, and study.

To purchase a Kyle Adler photograph, please email Deanna Di Lello, Arts & Culture Coordinator, Miles Nadal JCC

Presented by:

A Kultura Collective Member

Start Date:

January 4, 2022

End Date:

January 31, 2022

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