As a precursor to the Rambert Spring tour, we have this year's Workshop Season at The Place. When Rambert talks about: "..the Company’s long-standing commitment to new choreographers and its great creative legacy," its not mere hyperbole: the tradition goes back a long way and a number of workshop pieces have made their way into the tour programmes.
RAMBERT WORKSHOP SEASON 2006
The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre 24 & 25 January 2006
The Rambert Workshop Season returns to The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January 2006. As the first performances of Rambert’s 80th Anniversary Year, this event offers an appropriate reminder of the Company’s long-standing commitment to new choreographers and its great creative legacy.
Six of Rambert’s versatile dancers will present new choreography, including work from Ana Luján Sánchez, Cameron McMillan, Patricia Okenwa, Mikaela Polley, Melanie Teall and Alexander Whitley. All the works will be performed by Rambert dancers.
Following last year’s successful partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, dancer Cameron McMillan is working in collaboration with composer Elspeth Brooke from the Academy to create an original music score alongside the choreography. Created for eight dancers, Cameron’s choreography has been inspired by the concept of change and the uncertainty and tension experienced during times of transition. Elspeth and Cameron were keen to integrate the music and dance as fully as possible, so Elspeth’s recorded score has been inspired and created by the sounds of dancers at work in the rehearsal studio.
Other works in the programme include a collaborative piece for six dancers from Patricia Okenwa, using live music from the band ‘Big Linda’ and designs from stage designer Hetta Johnson, and an ingenious work from Alexander Whitley, which borrows choreographic ideas from William Forsythe and Merce Cunningham, in order to explore the concept of growth and its limitations.
During its great 80 year history, Rambert Dance Company has nurtured and propelled the careers of some of the finest British choreographers of the 20th Century, including Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor and Christopher Bruce among others. Mark Baldwin, Rambert’s current Artistic Director, cut his choreographic teeth producing works for the Rambert Workshop Seasons and is passionate about continuing the tradition as part of his artistic vision for Rambert.
The Rambert Workshop Season 2006
The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre
Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January at 8pm
Tickets £5 to £15
Box Office: 020 7387 0031 or www.theplace.org.uk