Rambert Dance Company Media Bulletin: March 2007
Now 80 years old, Rambert Dance Company is the oldest dance company in the UK. 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.
Company News – Chief Executive Sue Wyatt to leave Rambert.
Repertoire – New details released for Karole Armitage’s new work which premières at
Sadler’s Wells in May 2007.
Touring – Repertoire alterations for Sadler’s Wells 2007.
Education – Rambert Education’s project Fused is funded a further £5,000.
Sue Wyatt resigns as Chief Executive
Sue Wyatt has announced that she will be stepping down as Chief Executive of Rambert Dance Company, following six highly successful years in the post. On declaring her resignation, Wyatt commented “I feel I have achieved everything I aimed for when I joined the Company, and can leave content in the knowledge that Rambert is in an excellent financial state, with a very exciting future to look forward to”.
When Wyatt joined in July 2001, Rambert had suffered several years of serious annual deficit and was in dire need of rescue. One of her key priorities in taking on the post was to make certain that Rambert returned to a sound financial footing, without compromising its artistic integrity – ensuring that any surplus went directly back into the commissioning of new works. Her achievements since then have turned the Company around and, although sad to see her go, Rambert is very grateful for her remarkable work.
Chairman of the Board, Prue Skene commented:
“Sue's contribution to Rambert has been immense. Her prudent financial management has meant a substantial investment in Mark Baldwin's artistic policy as well as the re-building of Rambert's reserves. She has gained great respect through her negotiations with a wide range of partners – funders, presenters and commissioners – and, together with Mark, has given real leadership to the company. She has been a joy to work with and we will miss her very much.”
Rambert Dance Company has already begun recruiting for the post of Chief Executive and hopes to make an announcement in the near future.
REPERTOIRE AND TOURING NEWS
Rambert announces more details for Karole Armitage’s new work
The stylish American choreographer Karole Armitage returns to Rambert Dance Company this spring to create the luminous Gran Partita, set to four movements from Mozart’s exceptional piece of the same name. Gran Partita premières at Sadler’s Wells, London on Tuesday 22 May 2007.
Capturing the verve and beauty of the music in movement, this emotional and dramatic piece complements Mozart’s heart-melting sound. Jean Marc Puissant’s scenery and costumes help to create a poetic world that allows the audience to dream. Gran Partita is set to movements 1, 2, 3 & 7 of Mozart’s 'Gran Partita', and will be Karole’s second collaboration with Rambert, after her work Living Toys premièred to high acclaim in Glasgow in 2003.
Sadler’s Wells May 2007 – Repertoire Alteration
Please note that Rambert’s programme at Sadler’s Wells between Tuesday 22 and Saturday 26 May 2007 will now include the return of Merce Cunningham’s highly acclaimed Pond Way, alongside Anatomica #3 by André Gingras and Karole Armitage’s new work Gran Partita.
Extra dates for Rambert’s tour abroad announced for April/May 2007
Rambert Dance Company is delighted to announce new dates for its Spring tour in Germany. In addition to its most recent performance in Dessau the Company will now be visiting the Theater im Pfalzbau, in Ludwigshafen on 29 and 30 April, and the Stadttheater, in Fürth between 3-5 May.
The programme for both Fürth and Ludwigshafen features the highly regarded Swamp (Clark) the ‘ancestral treasure’ Dark Elegies (Tudor), and Rambert’s extremely popular Constant Speed (Baldwin).
The Company has already toured in Germany this spring, performing at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau on Sunday 4 March 2007, where they presented their recent revival of Antony Tudor’s Judgment of Paris, which is set to extracts from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Pond Way (Cunningham), Divine Influence (Joyce) and Swamp (Clark). The Company is extremely pleased to be extending its German tour.
Rambert also visits the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas on the Isle of Man on 22 and 23 March 2007 with a programme that includes Divine Influence (Joyce), Judgment of Paris (Tudor), Constant Speed (Baldwin) and Stand and Stare (Bhuller).
Rambert Dance Company takes great pride in the ability to represent and champion UK dance abroad, and recent foreign touring has included visits to Venice, Hungary, Moscow, Shanghai, Beijing, Florence, Valencia and Rome.
World premiere of Anatomica #3 in Brighton
André Gingras’ new piece for Rambert premièred to rapturous applause in Brighton, on 23 February, to celebrate the Theatre Royal Brighton’s 200th anniversary. The Canadian-born choreographer has worked all over the world, basing himself mainly in Holland, and the piece was Gingras’ first collaboration with Rambert Dance Company. There will also be a chance to see the Anatomica #3 in the Company’s programme at Sadler’s Wells in May 2007.
Fused receives extra funding to extend work with Pupil Referral Unit
After the success of Rambert Dance Company’s pilot educational project, Fused, in November 2006, Rambert Education has been given the chance to continue developing the project until July 2007. Fused received funding of a further £5000 from Southwark Education council to continue its work with young people from Porlock Hall, a Pupil Referral Unit in Southwark.
Building on the high level of work and involvement achieved with the students in 2006, the next stage for Fused takes place between March and July 2007. In the first five weeks the students will experience a variety of Rambert repertoire. Following the Easter break they will focus on one work, enabling the students to develop their dance and choreographic skills as well as their self esteem and aspirations for their futures. In May the students will attend the Family Matinée performance by Rambert at Sadler’s Wells. The group are working towards a performance as part of the Southwark Dance Festival in July.
Fused will also enable the students to work towards achieving their Young People’s Arts Awards Scheme, which will award them points towards further education. They receive a DVD of their work, as well as a Rambert uniform and will write journals of their progress throughout the project. There will also be an INSET session available for teachers, which Rambert’s Animateurs (professional dancers and teachers) will lead in order to maintain a long lasting benefit for the young people in Southwark.
The project promises to be extremely exciting and beneficial for the young people involved and the receipt of the renewed funding demonstrates the exceptional standard of Rambert Education’s current project. Rambert’s extensive work in Southwark and Lambeth anticipates the Company’s move to its proposed new building in Coin Street, where Rambert Dance Company will be an important asset to the Southwark and Lambeth communities.
Update on Moved project
Moved, Rambert’s three-year dance development project in five Lambeth secondary schools is now in its second year.
The current phase of the project has given students an additional opportunity to meet and work with pupils from the other participating schools, building cross-school relationships. Three students from each of the schools worked intensively during February half term to create a new work inspired by Mark Baldwin’s Constant Speed. They worked with Rambert JADE Fellow Simon Cooper, Rambert Animateur Kate Mummery, Kate Scanlan (Rambert Director of Education) and Laura Harvey (Rambert Project Manager). The students were selected for their excellent achievement in various aspects of the workshops, from attendance to capability.
Year 2 of Moved will culminate in a performance of work by all the schools and the half term residency group at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells on 22 March 2007 at 7.15pm.
Associates Night at Sadler’s Wells Connect Festival
Rambert Dance Company is delighted to announce that two of its youth groups will be performing in the Associates Night in the Connect Festival at Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday 20 March at 7.15pm, in the Lilian Baylis Theatre.
Rambert’s youth dance company Generation 2, young dancers aged 14-17 year olds, will be performing On the Edge choreographed by Laura Harvey. The Moved half term residency group will also perform their work that evening.
Summer 2007 Evening Classes
Rambert Dance Company’s popular adult evening class programme will resume on Monday 16 April. The summer term runs until Wednesday 11 July, with a half-term break in the week commencing 28 May. Enrolment begins on Monday 5 March.
The classes are taught by experienced dancers and teachers and will take place from 6.30- 8pm and cost £85 for 12 weeks. They include four levels of contemporary classes – with former Rambert dancer and JADE Fellow Simon Cooper teaching the level four group – and one ballet course for intermediate level participants.
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 are £70 for the term. With Wednesdays being Young Movers (11-13 yrs) and Thursdays being Generation 2 (14-17 yrs).
To enrol on any of the above courses, contact Louise Jardine, Education Administrator on +44 (0) 208 630 0615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rambert welcomes new PR Administrator
Rambert Dance Company is delighted to welcome Daisy Bowie-Sell into the new post of part- time PR Administrator. Daisy joined the Company on 2 February 2007 and will form an integral part of the marketing team, working closely with Francesca Eyles, PR and Communications Manager to deliver and expand Rambert’s press and media campaigns.
Daisy can be contacted on 020 8630 0603 or email email@example.com
New Development Account Manager begins
Rambert’s Development department gains a new member of the team on 5 March 2007. Poppy Ben-David will be the key contact for three of Rambert Dance Company’s important stakeholders: corporate sponsors, individual donors and those assisting Rambert with fundraising, including board members. Her work will be vital to the Development department and the continuing work on the new building project in Coin Street. Rambert welcomes Poppy to the Company.
Rambert Dance Company is currently fundraising 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 £3.8million through a variety of sources including Arts Council England, The Foyle Foundation, two lead gift pledges of half a million pounds each from very generous individual donors, plus other private donations, leaving £7.2million still to raise.