APRIL BULLETIN HIGHLIGHTS
- Rambert’s revival of Judgment of Paris – the latest addition to the Spring repertoire – will première at the New Theatre Oxford on Wed 27 April 2005 (until Sat 30 April)
- Rambert pays tribute to the late Maude Lloyd at a special event on Saturday 28 May
Maude Lloyd Tribute
Rambert Dance Company is hosting an invitation-only tribute for Maude Lloyd on Saturday 28 May at Sadler’s Wells, between the Company’s matinee and evening performance.
Maude Lloyd had a fascinating and important career, ranging from her years dancing with Rambert, to helping refugees during the war and culminating in her career as a writer with Nigel Gosling for The Observer.
This event will provide a wonderful opportunity for her contemporaries, friends and family to remember her. Supported by The Nureyev Foundation and The Observer, there will be several speakers including Jann Parry of The Observer, Sir John Tooley from The Nureyev Foundation and Leo Kersley of The Ballet Club, to be introduced by Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director of Rambert. The speeches will be accompanied by some unique footage of Maude dancing an Andrée Howard Solo, as well as performing in Les Masques, introduced by Jane Pritchard Rambert’s Archivist.
Workshop Solo in Scottish Tour
Following Rambert’s Workshop Season in January 2005, The Curve Foundation Dance Company in Edinburgh is presenting Ana Lujan Sanchez’s new solo CervaNtes as part of their Spring tour. CurvaNtes appears alongside works from Merce Cunningham, Henri Oguike and Rui Graca.
The Curve Foundation will be touring across Scotland from 25 March to 30 April. For press information contact Olivier Joly on 0131 466 5181 / 07747 085 089 or
New Board Members
Rambert is delighted to announce the addition of two new members to the Company’s board of directors – Piali Ray, director of South Asian Arts agency SAMPAD and Tina Gaudoin, Style Director of the Saturday Times Magazine. Tina will also chair Rambert’s Capital Committee for the Capital Campaign.
Piali Ray is a specialist in Indian dance, and founded SAMPAD in 1990. The organisation prides itself as a thriving and leading national agency for the development of South Asian arts, based in Birmingham, and Piali has excelled as a performer, teacher and choreographer of Indian dance.
Tina Gaudoin is the Style Director for the Saturday Times Magazine, and also a Times columnist writing a weekly Cool Hunter column. With a varied and impressive track-record in the “style” media, Tina was a judge at the British Fashion Awards in 2004, and judge and member of the Cool Brandleaders Council. Tina is also the co-founder of Europe’s leading yoga centre: triyoga in Primrose Hill London.
Rambert is sad to announce that Kyla Lucking, Education Officer and Charlotte Kasner, Web Manager will be leaving Rambert at the end of April. Kyla leaves to join South East Dance as Programme Manager for Creative Dance Apprenticeships and Charlotte will be concentrating her time on her doctoral studies specialising in Soviet Ballet.
Rafael Bonachela – Associate Choreographer
Rafael Bonachela’s work Irony of Fate, which was choreographed in 2004 and forms part of the Rambert spring repertoire, was awarded 3rd place in the 19th International Choreographic Competition in Hanover on Sunday 27 March 2005.
He has just finished a new commission for Union Dance Company in association with Malaysian-born choreographer Mavin Khoo. The work is called Sensing Change – an investigation of dance, music, light, video projection and acoustic space, and premières at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 11 and 12 May 2005. For more press information, contact Steven Drew at Guy Chapman Associates on 0207 395 2606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rafael’s choreographic work for Ms Minogue can be seen in her latest Showgirl UK Tour 2005, which opened in Glasgow last month. The tour moves to Birmingham (15-21 Apr), Manchester (23-28 Apr) and London, Earl’s Court (30 Apr – 6 May).
Rafael has also been commissioned to create a new work for Rambert Dance Company in Autumn 2005, to première at The Lowry in Salford on 21 September.
REPERTOIRE AND TOURING NEWS
Judgment of Paris Revival Première in Oxford
After an absence of 19 years Antony Tudor’s Judgment of Paris (1938) returns to Rambert’s repertoire. Judgment of Paris is a sardonic take on the classical myth that transforms the three goddesses into tired and tawdry floosies competing for the attention of a drunken client in a seedy nightclub.
Set to a score culled from Kurt Weill’s A Threepeny Opera it was created for Agnes de Mille’s ad hoc group of dancers at the intimate Westminster Theatre, London, and became part of the Rambert repertoire in 1940. It was created on a shoestring and presented on an undecorated stage.
Under supervision of Jane Pritchard, Rambert’s Archive recently acquired Hugh Laing’s sketchbook containing the designs for the production and his proposed set design is being realised for the first time by Liz Reed. The costumes are being remade by Sasha Keir using the 1938 originals as templates.
Judgment of Paris is being staged by Sally Martin who was the Company’s repetiteur at the time of the last major revival in 1980, when dancers who performed in Rambert’s earliest staging were consulted. She is using the Benesh Movement Notation score recorded by Dora Frankel in the mid 1970s. Supervising the production is Lucy Burge who danced the roles of both Venus and Minerva 1974–86 and John Chesworth who performed as the drunken client 1961–86 has assisted with the staging.
Momenta by Mikaela Polley
Following the Rambert Workshop Season in January 2005, dancer Mikaela Polley’s new work Momenta has been promoted to the Company’s main repertory and will be seen in Oxford and London. Momenta is an ensemble work for ten dancers and is performed to an original score of the same name by Patrick Nunn, a doctoral student at the Royal Academy of Music. Mikaela has been a dancer with Rambert since 2001 and this promotion is continuing proof of Rambert’s dedication to nurturing choreographers from within its ranks.
Momenta will appear at the New Theatre Oxford (27-30 Apr) and Sadler’s Wells (24-28 May).
DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
New Evening Classes for Summer
Rambert Education is delighted to announce the addition of two new evening classes for the summer term – the Rambert Repertoire Course and Adult Creative Dance Group.
The Repertoire Course will be led by Rambert dancer Patricia Okenwa and will offer a chance to learn material from Rambert’s current repertoire. The course is intended for participants with previous dance experience and will run on a Tuesday evening between 7-8.30pm.
The Adult Creative Dance Group will provide an opportunity to put technical contemporary skills into creative practice. This course will explore different ways of creating movement and as a group they will choreograph a new dance work to be performed at the end of term. The course is intended for participants with previous dance experience and will run on a Thursday evening between 6.30-8pm.
Another new addition to the summer term is the opportunity for participants of the Intermediate evening class (Tues 7-8.30pm) to work with Rambert Dancers – who will take turns to lead the course throughout the term.
Summer term evening classes run between Monday 11 April and Thursday 7 July (no classes 2, 23-27 & 30 May). Booking for these classes is by enrolment only on a first come, first served basis. To register, please contact Rambert Education on email@example.com
or phone 020 8630 0615
Rambert to lead Creative Project in Slough
Slough Borough Council has enlisted Rambert Dance Company to lead Creative – a two-week summer-project in Slough for eight aspiring dancers in association with Creative Academy.
Creative is a two-week residential course based at East Berkshire College in Langley from Monday 4 July until Friday 15 July. The eight lucky participants (aged 16 and over) will be selected from auditions held in early April.
Rambert Animateur Lincoln Alert will lead the course, with assistance from three other artistic staff members, culminating in a performance on Sunday 17 July at Thames Valley University as part of Slough’s Big Dance Weekend.
Date Change – Rambert Summer School 2005
The dates for Rambert’s annual Summer School have changed – it will now be held between 1 and 5 August 05 (instead of 18-22 July as previously announced).
The Summer School is a unique opportunity for students or teachers to work intensively with Rambert dancers, choreographers and teachers at the Company’s studios in Chiswick. Participants are given an intensive and stimulating opportunity to consolidate their existing skills and develop their technique to an event higher level.
The Rambert Summer School is designed for dancers, teachers and students of intermediate/advanced standard aged 17 plus. For more information or to register interest in the course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 020 8630 0615
Coin Street Development
Rambert has been invited by Coin Street Community Builders, one of the country’s leading development trusts, to be a part of a mixed use development project on the Doon Street car park site, adjacent to the National Theatre on London’s South Bank.
Rambert’s current headquarters in west London no longer provides the space, accessibility or environmental conditions for the Company to continue to grow and flourish. Rambert now needs premises that will enable real artistic development and, at the same time, be fully accessible to all members of the community.
Following a recent architectural competition between four major practices, Allies and Morrison has been chosen to design and build Rambert’s new home. Plans for the building include rehearsal studios, a physiotherapy and exercise room, office space, the Rambert archive and a Resource Centre.
SPRING 2005 SCHEDULE
Wed 27 – Sat 30 April
New Theatre, Oxford
Performances at 7.30pm
Box Office: 0870 606 3500
Judgment of Paris, Momenta, Dark Elegies, Swamp
Tues 24 – Sat 28 May
Sadler’s Wells, London
Performances at 7.30pm; Family Matinee* on Sat 28 May at 2.30pm
Box Office: 0870 737 7737
Judgment of Paris, Momenta, Dark Elegies, Constant Speed
*Family Matinee will include Dark Elegies and Constant Speed only
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