Media Bulletin: July 2006
Rambert Dance Company is the oldest dance company in the UK, celebrating its 80th birthday in 2006. It is also Britain’s flagship for modern dance, touring throughout the UK and internationally with a wide-spectrum of large-scale repertoire, including both new commissions and works from the Company’s heritage. Formerly known as Ballet Rambert, the Company was transformed into a modern dance company in 1966, and has been instrumental in bringing modern dance, the country’s most exciting and fastest growing art form, to a continuingly expanding audience all over the UK.
Repertoire update – Lady into Fox by Mark Baldwin and Amanda Eyles
Autumn 2006 – Tour Summary
Generation 2 performs at the Big Dance on 15 and 16 July 2006
Rambert Education and Royal Parks London collaborate for an exciting, four week summer residency in Regent’s Park
REPERTOIRE AND TOURING NEWS
Lady into Fox by Mark Baldwin and Amanda Eyles
The final addition to Rambert’s 80th anniversary year repertoire is a brand new production of Lady into Fox, by Mark Baldwin and Repetiteur Amanda Eyles. Inspired by Andrée Howard’s original 1939 creation – which last appeared in Ballet Rambert’s repertoire 56 years ago – this new work receives its world première at Sadler’s Wells, London between 14 and 18 November 2006.
The creative team have used the few but glorious records of the original to generate the foundations and inspiration for this new production. Repetiteur Amanda Eyles, one of Britain’s most renowned choreologists, has analysed a film of the work made by friends of the dancers in early 1940s. Mark Baldwin will oversee and add a prologue and epilogue to this story of transformation, entrapment and release.
Baldwin has invited composer Benjamin Pope to write a new score for the work. With totally new designs from acclaimed art director Michael Howells, this new production is being expanded to accommodate the audiences and much larger stages to which Rambert tours today.
Mark Baldwin commented:
“I think it is important to use our fabulous archive to generate new work, and pay homage to some of our early pieces, so that they stay open for current and future audiences.”
Lady into Fox was originally based on David Garnett’s novel of the same name, which was a bestseller at the time of this ballet’s creation. The piece follows the tale of Mrs Silvia Tebrick (née Fox) a country woman who finds herself transformed into a fox, and is torn between the love of her husband and her animal instincts.
“For the sudden changing of Mrs Tebrick into a vixen is an established fact, which we may attempt to account for as we will”. Extract from Lady into Fox by David Garnett
A seminal Rambert work, Lady into Fox was one of the first ballets made for English dancers, and the original first cast included Sally Gilmour as Silvia and Charles Boyd as Mr Tebrick. Lady into Fox was first performed at the Ballet Club/Mercury Theatre on 15 May 1939 and remained in Ballet Rambert’s repertoire until the season at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris in May 1950.
Autumn Tour Summary
Rambert Dance Company’s autumn 2006 tour opens on Wednesday 27 September at The Lowry, Salford with the World Première of Darshan Singh Bhuller’s new work, based on the life and art of revered artist LS Lowry. Commissioned by The Lowry, Salford to mark 30 years since the artist’s death, this piece forms the backbone of Rambert’s tour repertoire.
The autumn programme also includes Pond Way by Merce Cunningham; bloom by Aletta Collins; the TMA Award-winning, physics-inspired Constant Speed by Artistic Director Mark Baldwin; Christopher Bruce’s A Steel Garden; the Olivier Award-winning production of Swamp by Michael Clark; and three works from Rambert dancers/choreographers, which have been promoted from the 2005 and 2006 Rambert Workshop Seasons – Divine Influence by Martin Joyce, Verge by Cameron McMillan and Transit by Melanie Teall.
Following Rambert’s performances at The Lowry, Salford, the Company will tour to Norwich, High Wycombe, Bath, Edinburgh, Malvern, Woking and Plymouth, with a visit to Sadler’s Wells, London between 14 and 18 November 2006.
Generation 2 take part in The Big Dance
Rambert Dance Company is delighted to be taking part in The Big Dance this summer, through the involvement of its youth dance group Generation 2. Rambert Animateur Laura Harvey will lead an open dance workshop on Saturday 15 July, between 1pm and 1.45pm, with a performance the following day (Sunday 16 July) between 1.45pm and 3pm. Both events will take place at The Scoop – London’s only open-air riverside performance space. Generation 2 is one of Rambert’s two evening classes for young people, catering for 14-16 year olds.
The Big Dance is a week-long celebration of dance across London and the UK. Taking place between 15 and 23 July 2006, The Big Dance has been organised by the Mayor of London, in partnership with Arts Council England and supported by the BBC, and is designed to engage as many people as possible in dance.
Rambert Dance Company and The Royal Parks, London
Rambert Education is delighted to announce details of an exciting new collaboration with The Royal Parks, London in the form of Outside – a creative dance project for young people in North London. This four week residency will take place in Regent’s Park between Monday 31 July and Friday 25 August, engaging four groups of 12-16 year olds in a site-specific performance project.
The young people, recruited from local youth clubs and schools, will work for one week at a time in Regent’s Park, and be encouraged to look at their local area in a different light – as a source of inspiration and as a performance space. They will be given the opportunities to create, perform and be inspired by contemporary dance and the environment in which they are working.
The base for the project will be The Hub sports centre in Regent’s Park and from here the ‘Wild in the Parks’ team will lead orienteering and wildlife observation sessions, all of which will impact on the choreographic work the young people create. In addition to the landscape of the park, Outside will be inspired by bloom – Aletta Collins’ first work for Rambert Dance Company (Sadler’s Wells, London May 2006).
bloom is a colourful and charming exploration of creating that perfect romantic moment. With huge bunches of flowers and a park bench incorporated into the production’s design, there is a natural connection to the context of this task. Led by Rambert Animateurs and dancers, this unique and stimulating project will be a physically challenging experience, which develops the young people’s awareness of the spaces and city they are working in, as well as an understanding of dance.
Outside is a free project for 12-16 year olds living in or attending school in the boroughs of Camden and Westminster. Both boys and girls are welcome to take part and those wishing to apply should contact Tracey Weller at The Royal Parks on 020 7298 2078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 18 July.
Outside has been made possible through the Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.
The Rambert Summer School
Rambert’s annual summer school programme has expanded for 2006, offering two separate programmes to cater for both youth and adult participants.
The Rambert Youth Summer School will take place between Monday 24 and Friday 28 July, and is split into two age groups – Young Movers (10-13 years old) and Generation 2 (14-16 years old). Participants will take part in daily contemporary technique classes and creative workshops that draw on recent Rambert repertoire, including Constant Speed (Mark Baldwin, 2005) and Curious Conscience (Rafael Bonachela, 2005). The course will run between 10am and 4pm every day and the week will culminate in a sharing of work to parents, siblings and friends.
The Adult Summer School – for participants of an intermediate or advanced standard, aged 17 plus – will take place between Monday 31 July and Friday 4 August. The programme is led by Company dancers and members of the artistic team, and includes daily contemporary technique class, one ballet class, choreographic workshops and repertoire workshops. Participants will also be encouraged to develop other skills useful to life as a dancer or dance teacher including music and musicality, and fitness for dancers.
A couple of places remain on the advanced course. To book, contact Louise Jardine, Education Administrator on +44 (0) 208 630 0615 or email email@example.com
Autumn 2006 Evening Classes
Rambert Dance Company’s popular evening class programme will resume on Monday 11 September, after the Company’s annual summer break. The autumn term runs until Wednesday 6 December, with a half term break in the week commencing 23 October.
Adult Evening Classes
The classes are taught by experienced dancers and teachers. Each class starts with a thorough warm-up, with structured exercises which focus on correct alignment of the body, stretching and flexibility, building stamina and raising the general fitness level. Dance sequences are incorporated into each class and developed throughout the term.
All classes take place from 6.30-8pm and cost £85 for 12 weeks. Schedule as follows:
Monday Level 1 Absolute Beginners Contemporary Dance
Level 3 Intermediate Contemporary Dance
Tuesday Level 2 Beginners Contemporary Dance
Level 3 Intermediate Ballet
Wednesday Level 2 Beginners Contemporary Dance
Level 4 Advanced Contemporary Dance
Youth Evening Classes
Rambert’s youth evening classes are divided into two groups – Young Movers (10-13 years) and Generation 2 (14-17 years). Both classes are taught by Rambert Animateur Laura Harvey and are high energy, fun and an excellent introduction to contemporary dance for young people.
Both classes will choreograph a piece of work to be performed at the end of the term for parents, and potentially at an additional local venue. During the spring term, Young Movers performed at the Margot Fonteyn Theatre at the Royal Ballet School as part of the Leap into Summer dance festival. Generation 2 are currently working towards a performance for The Big Dance, which will take place at The Scoop on London’s South Bank.
Both classes are £70 for the term. Schedule as follows:
Wednesday Young Movers (11-13 yrs)
Thursday Generation 2 (14-17 yrs)
To enrol, contact Louise Jardine, Education Administrator on +44 (0) 208 630 0615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rambert Education is pleased to welcome back Animateur Jane Woolley, who returns to Rambert after the birth of her baby, Darcy. Jane will be teaching the Absolute Beginners Contemporary Dance course.
During its 80th anniversary year, Rambert is channelling much of its energy into the fundraising campaign for its New Home Appeal. Coin Street Community Builders has generously given the Company a plot of land worth £5million on the South Bank of London. Rambert needs to raise £11.5million in order to facilitate this exciting prospect and realise its full potential for the next 80 years and beyond.
The new centre, designed by award-winning architects, Allies & Morrison, will enable Rambert to develop even more innovative and exciting productions, dancers and choreographers; provide full access for the first time to Rambert’s unique and extraordinary archive; and enhance Rambert’s community and education programme, providing opportunities for people to experience for themselves the thrill of modern dance in a welcoming, inclusive environment. The location of the new building will place Rambert at the heart of London’s artistic cultural quarter, in the company of such illustrious creative spaces as the National Theatre, the South Bank Centre and Tate Modern.
Rambert has already raised £3.5m through a variety of sources including Arts Council, England, The Foyle Foundation, two lead gift pledges of half a million each from very generous individual donors, plus other private donations, leaving £8m still to raise. Rambert aims to have enough money raised to break ground in 2007.
Rambert Dance Company is pleased to announce that Francesca Eyles has been promoted to PR and Communications Manager, after two years with the Company. This is a result of her professional development over that time, through the support and guidance of freelance PR representative Tony Shepherd. Tony is stepping down from his current role as external consultant, but will retain a special relationship with Rambert.
Tony’s contribution to Rambert Dance Company over the last three years has been invaluable – offering public relations expertise to the in-house press office, as well as actively boosting the Company’s profile in the national press and media. Rambert Dance Company is extremely grateful for Tony’s knowledge and support, and looks forward to a long and positive association with him.
New Director of Marketing
Rambert Dance Company is delighted to announce that Craig Titley has been appointed the new Director of Marketing and will start his position on Monday 4 September 2006. Craig has spent the last five years as Head of Sales and Marketing at Watford Palace Theatre, and prior to that he worked as Box Office Manager and Marketing Manager for Theatre Royal Windsor, and Box Office Supervisor for Hawth Theatre, Crawley.
Rambert Dance Company welcomes Wendy Teng as the new Finance Administrator, who joins Rambert on 10 July from her previous position as Team leader of Finance and Administration with Camden Jobtrain. She takes over from Martin Thompson who is retiring after 13 years with the Company.
Rambert Dance Company is sad to announce that senior dancer Ana Luján Sánchez is leaving the Company in September to join Verve in Leeds as Rehearsal Director. Verve is a new Company for the Post-Graduate 4th year students of Northern Contemporary Dance School and Ana will be instrumental in preparing the students for their forthcoming UK tour in spring 2007. Ana’s skill and versatility has been a huge asset to Rambert’s performances over the past ten years and she will be much missed, but the Company wishes her all the best in this exciting new stage of her dance career.
Rambert Dance Company is pleased to welcome new dancers Malgorzata Dzierzon (‘Gosha’) who joins Rambert on August 1 from Göthenburg Ballet and Eryck Brahmania, who trained with the Royal Ballet School and will join Rambert in September from Hong Kong Ballet. Eryck takes over from David Mack who will be moving to Leeds to join Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Rambert Dance Company bids farewell to Artistic Co-ordinator Elizabeth Old, who is leaving the Company after two years in the role. Elizabeth previously danced with Rambert for 14 years, and returned in 2004 to take on her current position.
For further information on any aspect of Rambert Dance Company please contact Francesca Eyles in the Press Office on 020 8630 0612 or email email@example.com
Press releases and images can also be found on Rambert’s website www.rambert.org.uk
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AUTUMN 2006 TOURING SCHEDULE
Wed 27 – Sat 30 September
The Lowry, Salford
Performances at 7.30pm
Sign Language-interpreted performance and pre-performance talk on Thu 28 September
Box Office: 0870 787 5790 or online www.thelowry.com
A Steel Garden, New Work, Constant Speed
Wed 4 – Fri 6 October
Norwich Theatre Royal
Performances at 7.30pm; Matinée on Thu 5 October at 2.30pm
Box Office: 01603 630000 or online www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Pond Way, New Work, bloom
Wed 11 – Sat 14 October
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
Performances at 7.30pm
Box Office: 01494 512000 or online www.wycombeswan.co.uk
Divine Influence, Transit, New Work, Pond Way
Tue 17 – Sat 21 October
Theatre Royal, Bath
Performances at 7.30pm; Matinée on Sat 21 October at 2.30pm
Sign Language-interpreted performance on Thu 19 October
Box Office: 01225 448844
Divine Influence, Transit, Pond Way, Constant Speed
Wed 25 – Fri 27 October
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Performances at 7.30pm
Box Office: 0131 529 6000 or online www.eft.co.uk
Pond Way, Constant Speed, bloom
Wed 1 – Sat 4 November
Performances at 7.30pm; Matinée on Thu 2 November at 2pm*
Box Office: 01684 892277 or online www.malvern-theatres.co.uk
Divine Influence, Transit, Swamp, Constant Speed
* Matinée includes Constant Speed and Swamp only
Tue 14 – Sat 18 November
Sadler’s Wells, London
Performances at 7.30pm; Family Matinée on Sat 18 November at 2.30pm*
Box Office: 0870 737 7737 or online www.sadlerswells.com
Divine Influence, Transit/Verge**, New Work, Lady into Fox
* Family Matinée includes New Work and Lady into Fox only
** Transit and Verge will be performed on alternate nights
Thu 30 November – Sat 2 December
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Performances at 8pm
Box Office: 01483 545900 or online www.theambassadors.com/woking
Lady into Fox, New Work, Constant Speed
Wed 6 – Sat 9 December
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Performances at 7.30pm
Sign Language-interpreted performance and pre-performance talk on Thu 7 December
Box Office: 01752 267222 or online www.theatreoyal.com
Lady into Fox, New Work, bloom