Rambert tours two new works around the UK alongside treasured favourites

6 Jul 2017

  • New commissions from Andonis Foniadakis and Ben Duke
  • Ghost Dances tours across the UK
  • Rambert presents work for the first time in 25 years at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton

Rambert continues its dedication to touring large-scale contemporary dance works across the UK, presenting two premieres featured alongside some of the company’s best loved work. This tour also sees the first time the company has been to Southampton since its last performance at the Mayflower Theatre in 1992.

Choreographer and Director of Greek National Opera Ballet Andonis Foniadakis creates a new work for Rambert which premieres in September at The Lowry, Salford. Known for his technically detailed dance works full of energy and power, this is Foniadakis’s first piece for the company and features a newly commissioned score from Ilan Eshkeri, a British neo-classical composer known for his film scores, concert music and artistic collaborations. Fashion designer Tassos Sofroniou creates the costumes for the work and Sakis Birbilis the lighting design.

Award-winning choreographer and performer Ben Duke also presents his first work for Rambert in October at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. This new work is inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed live onstage. Duke’s work explores the overlap between dance and theatre and his most recent work, the critically acclaimed one-man-show Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), toured the UK in 2016 and won him the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance.

Originally created for Rambert in 1981, Ghost Dances is Christopher Bruce’s response to political oppression in South America, and has returned to the company’s repertory for the first time in 13 years. Ghost Dances 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 choreography to the current company, which revived the work in November 2016.

These works will form part of programmes presented at venues in triple bills alongside three other works including Aletta Collins’s The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses, which premiered at Sadler’s Wells in May, her third work for the company. Set to Arturo Márquez’s pulsating Danzones 1, 2 & 3, the piece features designs by Katrina Lindsay and lighting by Andreas Fuchs.

Also being presented on tour are Itzik Galili’s riotous, samba-fuelled party piece A Linha Curva (2009, revival: Mikaela Polley, 2016) and Kim Brandstrup’s National Dance Award-winning romantic drama Transfigured Night (2015).