Rambert Dance Company
By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian
This season Christopher Bruce retires as Rambert's artistic director. While he has been in the post only eight years, the company has been family to him since 1963. With it Bruce emerged as one of his generation's leading dancers and choreographers, and it is through Rambert that his reputation will continue.
His farewell programme, deliberately low key, is less a personal history than a show of his director's vision, his eclectic commissioning style. Rightly, Bruce's choreography is the centrepiece, with a repeat of Grinning in Your Face, the dance portrait of the US midwest he created last year to the music of blues guitarist Martin Simpson.
Some of this overuses Bruce's trademark moves (folksy line dances and suffering asides), but there is a closely observed detail and empathy that reveals unexpectedly luminous moments within its characters' worlds. click for more
Not Clement Crisp's cup of tea, as he is on record as disliking everything by Kylian, and Bruce works such as "Ghost Dances". Bruce's farewell almost worthy of the occasion
By Clement Crisp for The Financial Times
This is Christopher Bruce's last season as artistic director of Rambert Dance, and 30 years since he made his first choreographies: I can still remember the excitement and passion of such early works as for these who die as cattle. In the preceding decade he had also given tremendous dance performances - unforgettably as Glen Tetley's Pierrot Lunaire, an interpretation of unassailable greatness. Now, after eight years, he hands on a troupe whose creative range he has extended and embellished.
I wish, though, that this final programme of his directorate had been somehow worthier of the occasion. The evening began, excellently well, with Siobhan Davies' 1989 creation for the company, Sounding. Against the mysteriously resonant twangings of Giaconto Scelsi's score, six dancers draw shapes in the air, explore idiographs of action that employ swiftest changes of muscular timing. It is true plotless dance whose plot, nonetheless, is the dance itself, which is fascinating. I think it important, very rewarding. available for a week only
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