fri 24/05/2019

Rambert Dance

Five new Rambert choreographers

Rambert's fine dancers turn choreographer in a new season of four creations to be shown at the Southbank Centre on 31 May. In keeping with the high-quality ethos of the company, each has a new music commission with it, played live by members of the...

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Christmas Dance on Cinema, TV & Radio

No more is dance the preserve of the few sitting in the theatre - larger companies are leaping hungrily for TV and now cinema screens, having found various ways around the longstanding obstacle of copyright. The BBC is experimenting with live 3D...

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Rambert: RainForest/ Seven For A Secret/ Elysian Fields, Sadler’s Wells

Rambert is making a thing of acquiring classic works from the 20th-century contemporary repertory – and a very good thing, too. First staged by them last year, RainForest, a minor Merce Cunningham piece from 1968, was recently performed by the...

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Rambert, Cardoon Club/ Roses/ Monolith, Sadler’s Wells

Another of Paul Taylor's masterpieces: 'Roses', in rehearsal

Paul Taylor's Roses is called Roses because, well, because it is. There are no roses here, no flowery sentiment, no overwrought angst and emotion. This, one of Taylor’s most beautifully serene works, is the smell of roses on a still May evening:...

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Hush/ Awakenings/ Cardoon Club, Rambert Dance, Sadler's Wells

Estela Merlos in Henrietta Horn's 'Cardoon Club'

“Nice is different from good,” sings one of Stephen Sondheim’s characters. And mostly, it is different, “nice” rarely being “good”. Christopher Bruce, however, blows that theory right out of the water, because Hush, his 2006 piece which opens...

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The Art of Touch/ Awakenings/ Cardoon Club, Rambert Dance, Wycombe Swan

Henrietta Horn's Cardoon Club: As moreish as a hideously mixed Tequila Sunrise

The Blitz may be about to descend on dance in theatres, but Rambert have the authentic British grit under fire. They truck on into a bleak autumn with the courage to present to the straitened nation a new commission of music and dance, and a new...

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The Art of Touch/ Rainforest/ A Linha Curva, Rambert, Sadler's Wells

Pieter Symonds and Jonathan Goddard in 'Rainforest': 'stirring themselves amid the LSD landscape of silver floating pillows'

There are occasionally pieces of dance that you just want not to have to scribble notes about, just to watch and enjoy through your senses, not perming it all through the verbal brain. Siobhan Davies’s The Art of Touch is one of those, and when her...

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Dance 2000-9: From Ballet to Hip Hop

The Noughts were a bonanza time for builders, scientists and bureaucrats in the dance arena, throwing up numerous fine dance venues and bases, collaborating intellectually with modern choreographers, or targeting social minorities, but the blazing...

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Tread Softly/ Carnival of the Animals/ Comedy of Change, Rambert Dance, Sadler's Wells

At its best (ie when it’s not trying to be gimmicky and snare so-called “new audiences”), Rambert is unique in Britain in providing music and dance as theatre. No other company matches it in commitment to this, not even the Royal Ballet, which long...

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Ballet Meets Science

Two ballets are premiered this month with big scientific subjects and new commissioned scores. Birmingham Royal Ballet's David Bintley was inspired by Einstein's principle of relativity, with a Matthew Hindson score, while Mark Baldwin at Rambert...

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