Rambert 2017: The Ghost Dances tour and new commissions.

6 Jan 2017

 Rambert 2017: The Ghost Dances tour and new commissions

  •  New commissions from Aletta Collins, Andonis Foniadakis and Ben Duke
  •  Ghost Dances to tour across the UK in 2017
  • Rambert continues its dedication to national touring, artistic development and public engagement

In 2017, Rambert will embark on the Ghost Dances tour, which will see the company present one of its best loved works at venues across the UK.

Originally created for Rambert in 1981, Ghost Dances is Christopher Bruce’s response to political oppression in South America. The work depicts stories of love and compassion, as death – in the form of the iconic ‘ghost dancers’ – interrupts the daily lives of a series of ordinary people. Set to Latin American folk music arranged by Nicholas Mojsiejenko, the piece makes visual reference to the Day of the Dead.  Bruce created the choreography and set design for the work, with costumes by Belinda Scarlett and lighting design by Nick Chelton. Bruce returned to Rambert to teach his iconic choreography to the current company, which revived the work in November 2016, at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

Christopher Bruce is one of Britain’s leading choreographers and is recognised as the last major choreographer to have been nurtured by Marie Rambert. Bruce is a former dancer and Artistic Director of Rambert (1992 – 2002), whose acclaimed work for the company, includes Cruel Garden (1977), Swansong (1987) and Rooster (1991). He has created works for major companies around the world including English National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and The Royal Ballet.

In May, Rambert will premiere a new work at Sadler’s Wells by choreographer Aletta Collins, The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses, set to Arturo Márquez’s Cuban Danzones 1, 2 & 3. Collins is one of the UK’s most successful theatre and opera choreographers, whose previous works for Rambert include Bloom (2006) and Awakenings (2010). This new work will feature designs by Katrina Lindsay and lighting by Andreas Fuchs.

Aletta Collins has worked with major dance, theatre and opera companies across Europe including The Royal Opera House, Berlin Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Opera North, National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. Her recent work includes the 2016 production for the Young Vic, If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, a collaboration with actress Jane Horrocks.

Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis will create a new work for Rambert which will premiere in September 2017 at The Lowry, Salford. The piece will feature a newly commissioned score from Ilan Eshkeri, a British neo-classical composer known for his concert music, film scores, and artistic collaborations. Fashion designer Tassos Sofroniou will create the costumes for the work and Sakis Birbilis the lighting design.

Foniadakis is director of Greek National Opera Ballet and the Lyon-based Apotosoma Dance Company which he founded in 2003. He has collaborated with ballet companies worldwide as both a dancer and choreographer including, Tanz Luzerner Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet de Lorraine, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon and most recently, Royal New Zealand Ballet. He was movement coordinator for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and his awards include the Danza e Danza Award for Best Choreography in 2002.

Award-winning choreographer and performer Ben Duke will present his first work for Rambert in October 2017.  Duke is the recipient of the 2015 National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance. His most recent work, the critically acclaimed one-man-show Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), toured the UK during 2016 and was nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award.

These works will form part of programmes presented at venues in triple bills alongside other works of current repertoire: A Linha Curva (chor: Itzik Galili, revival: Mikaela Polley, 2016), Flight (chor: Malgorzata Dzierzon, 2016), Hydrargyrum (chor: Patricia Okenwa, 2016)The 3 Dancers (chor: Didy Veldman, 2015), Transfigured Night (chor: Kim Brandstrup, 2015).

2016: Rambert at 90

2016 saw Rambert mark its 90th anniversary with a specially commissioned season of activity designed to celebrate the whole range of the company’s work.

The company embarked on its largest ever programme of public engagement, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This included nationwide oral history and volunteer projects to create an online performance database containing details of every single performance by Rambert since 1926 and an accessible archive resource telling the story of Rambert’s role in establishing British dance. Both the database and oral history of Rambert will be made publicly available in 2017.

Rambert staged its largest work to date – Mark Baldwin’s The Creation, featuring over 100 performers and designs by internationally acclaimed artist Pablo Bronstein. The work was performed to sold out audiences at Garsington Opera and Sadler’s Wells. A film version, commissioned by The Space, will enable the work to be seen by audiences across the UK and internationally. The film is currently available to watch on BBC Arts and Rambert’s website.

The season also featured Perpetual Movement – an exhibition of contemporary visual art celebrating the company’s heritage – at The Lowry Salford which continues until 26 Feb 2017 and Contemporaries a triple bill of work by a new generation of dance-makers whose emergence as choreographers have been supported by Rambert’s Choreographic Development Programme.

 2017 at Rambert

Rambert continues its dedication to touring large-scale contemporary dance works across the UK, bringing triple bills of new and classic works, performed by world-class dancers and accompanied by live music to venues across England, Scotland and Wales. Autumn 2017 will see Rambert present work for the first time at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, as part of the company’s commitment to cultivating new audiences for contemporary dance. A full list of autumn tour dates will be announced later this year.

For further information please visit Rambert.