Review from The FT>
Rambert re-thought, reborn. This is the message of the first season under the direction of Mark Baldwin. No more oppressed peasantry and Poor Whites enjoying a fit of the glums. Instead, dance bright-edged, pushing at the boundaries of academism, hard-driven, exhilarating. MORE
This visit to the Wells brings back Wayne McGregor's PreSentient, movement, jittery, kaleidoscope-fragmented, and danced with electric reponses by a troupe on galvanically brilliant form.
And from the Telegraph.
Rambert Dance Company, Britain's oldest such ensemble, used to define the country's dance scene, hatching idiosyncratic talents, showing what pleasures dance was capable of. Almost 80 years later, the vigour of both ballet and contemporary worlds derives from Rambert, but the mother company itself became drained until it almost died in 1993. Re-popularised by Christopher Bruce, the brand name paid a price in boldness. The danger that Bruce's successor Mark Baldwin faces is that Rambert is seen as safe and second-class. MORE
And The Times.
THIS mixed bill at Sadler’s Wells, Rambert’s first London engagement under artistic director Mark Baldwin, shows the company trying to reposition itself as a front-runner in the race for popular yet artistically challenging contemporary dance. MORE
The programme featured brief curtain-raisers by company member Glenn Wilkinson. The two solos from Six Pack were danced with expansive, even balletic, pliability that set the evening's physical tone.
And from The Independent.
A new work, Elsa Canasta, is one part of a Rambert Dance Company triple bill at Sadler's Wells, under the new artistic director, Mark Baldwin. The programme also includes the London premiere of Living Toys by Karole Armitage, about the meeting of dreams and consciousness, and Wayne McGregor's award-winning PreSentient, a frenzied piece inspired by Steve Reich's Triple Quartet. The music for all three works, lasting almost two hours with an intermission between each dance, is played by Rambert's associate orchestra, London Musici, conducted by Paul Hoskins. MORE
And The Guardian.
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