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Hats off to Rambert for not dumbing down in the Children's matinee on Saturday and including "Dark Elegies". With its sadness and the serious song cycle accompanying it, this is not standard children's fare, but the contrast with "Constant Speed" means that the children present saw a fine spread of what dance is capable of.

I'm sure everyone here at CriticalDance would like to join me in congratulating Mark Baldwin and the Company on such a successful week at Sadler's Wells, that pleased critics and audiences alike.


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Here here Stuart, as my daughter said people often underestimate children. Wonderful to introduce them to these works. The majority of those I spoke to had seen classical companies before but it was for all the first time they had seen Rambert and they were all keen to see more. My congratulations to all at Rambert too.


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RAMBERT COMPANY NEWS - JUNE 2005

Tour to Italy

Rambert Dance Company is delighted to announce that it will be touring to Italy this summer, to take part in the Invito Alla Danza Festival in Rome on 8 and 9 July, and the Florence Dance Festival on the 13 July.

With support from the British Council, 12 of Rambert’s highly-acclaimed dancers will perform a full programme of work, featuring Dark Elegies by Antony Tudor, Swamp by Michael Clark, Irony of Fate by Rafael Bonachela and a new work from Rambert’s 2005 Workshop Season – Divine Influence by dancer Martin Joyce.

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 and Beijing.



REPERTOIRE AND TOURING NEWS

Success at Sadler’s Wells Concludes Spring Tour


Constant Speed, Mark Baldwin’s first choreographic work as Artistic Director since his appointment in December 2002, received its World Première at Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday 24 May 2005, to widespread audience and critical acclaim. The Sadler’s Wells’ performances marked the final stop on Rambert’s spring 2005 tour.

An intriguing commission from the Institute of Physics, to help celebrate the festivities of Einstein Year in 2005, Constant Speed took its inspiration from three of Einstein’s major theories. The result was a vibrant, colourful work for 19 of Rambert’s dancers, performed to the luxuriant music of Franz Lehár and dressed in Michael Howells’ sprightly costumes. Infused with Baldwin’s trademark wit and charm, Constant Speed forms the backbone of Rambert’s autumn tour, appearing at every venue (apart from Sadler’s Wells) around the UK.

Rambert’s programme at Sadler’s Wells included two revivals from Antony Tudor – Dark Elegies and Judgment of Paris and a new work from Rambert dancer-choreographer Mikaela Polley, entitled Momenta.





Autumn Tour 2005

Rambert Dance Company, Britain’s flagship modern dance company, recently announced details of its 2005 UK autumn tour. The programme is a rich and lively combination of work from Rambert’s abundant pool of choreographers – including two new commissions, three highly regarded revivals and Mark Baldwin’s first work as Artistic Director of Rambert.

The tour opens on 21 September 2005 at The Lowry in Salford and tours to High Wycombe, Bristol, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh and Plymouth, with a visit to Sadler’s Wells between 15 and 19 November.

Alongside Mark Baldwin’s Constant Speed, the programme also includes two brand-new commissions – from former-Artistic Director Christopher Bruce and Associate Choreographer Rafael Bonachela. The repertoire is completed with Rambert’s recent revivals of Dark Elegies and Judgment of Paris by Antony Tudor, the Olivier Award-winning Swamp by Michael Clark and a beautiful new work from Rambert dancer-choreographer Mikaela Polley – Momenta.

The first new Rambert commission in the autumn repertory is from Associate Choreographer Rafael Bonachela, who premières his new work at The Lowry on Wednesday 21 September 2005. Set to Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and poems by six English poets, Bonachela creates a series of interwoven scenes, exploring the central themes of ‘night’, ‘sleep’ and ‘dreams’.



RAMBERT STAFF

Education Director Appointed

Rambert Dance Company is delighted to announce that Kate Scanlan has been appointed as Director of Education and will take up her post on Monday 4 July 2005. Kate has extensive experience in dance education, including projects with the London Youth Dance Network, Sadler’s Wells, Random Dance Company and the Royal Academy of Dance.

New Dancer

Rambert is pleased to welcome dancer Harriet Macauley, who joined the Company on 3 May under the Apprentice Dancers’ Scheme. Born in London, Harriet trained at London Contemporary Dance School. She was a member of the National Youth Dance Company before joining Richard Alston Dance Company, whom she has danced with since 2003.



DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION


Constant Speed to Educate and Entertain

To support Constant Speed during Rambert’s autumn 2005 tour, the Company’s award-winning Education Department will run a range of education work, including workshops and pre-performance talks, as well as providing resource materials. These are aimed at furthering the understanding and enjoyment of Constant Speed and the relationship between dance and physics.

The workshops are specially tailored to meet the individual needs of schools or colleges. Led by a Rambert Animateur, they are suitable for students at all levels above Year 7, and are generally aimed at dance-related courses. However, workshops for primary schools are also available if requested.

“The workshop provides a unique opportunity to approach what is perceived to be a very academic subject, through physical involvement. Hopefully the process of exploring these theories physically will bring to life what students read on the page”

Katie Graham, Rambert Animateur


Free pre-performance talks will be given at every venue where Constant Speed is performed. These usually take place at 6.30pm on the evening of the second performance and are led by Rambert Archivist, Jane Pritchard.

Open workshops are available at selected venues during the autumn tour, led by a Rambert dancer or Animateur. Suitable for individuals aged 14+, with some dance experience, the two-hour workshop is a fantastic opportunity to take class and learn sections from Constant Speed.


Rambert joins Chelsea Football Club to Explore Shakespeare

Rambert Dance Company is delighted to be taking part in a Royal Albert Hall education initiative, alongside Chelsea Football Club’s community team, aimed at helping local young people get to grips with history’s most famous love story – Romeo and Juliet.

Rambert and Chelsea Football Club have both been allocated the theme of ‘conflict’ to explore and devise independent material, which they are working on separately during their weekly preparation sessions. At the end of this period, the two projects will be merged to create the final performance on Friday 24 June at the Royal Albert Hall.

Rambert Animateur Kirsty Mathieson is working with a group of Year 7 students at Sion Manning High School in Westminster, drawing on the ideas, experiences and influences of the young people in order to devise contemporary dance material. The themes and activities explored in the project are specifically designed to link in with key stages of the National Curriculum, providing children with a greater understanding of Shakespeare’s text. The Royal Albert Hall is also working with practitioners from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Complicité Theatre Company and Trestle Theatre Company, alongside young people from St George’s Catholic School, St Augustine’s High School and Holland Park High School.

The project relates to the English National Ballet’s performance of Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet, presented by the Royal Albert Hall and Raymond Gubbay between 15 and 25 June 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall.



Rambert Evening Classes to perform at Lyrical Dance, Hammersmith

Participants from two of Rambert’s evening class programmes – The Adult Creative Dance Group and Young Movers – will perform as part of the Lyrical Dance programme at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith on 22 and 23 June 2005.

Rambert’s Young Movers is a youth dance class for 11-15 year olds, which meets weekly to take class and create their own choreography. Led by Jane Woolley, the group will perform their work The Grand Jewel on Wednesday 22 June.

Rambert’s Adult Creative Dance Group is a new initiative also let by Jane Woolley, introduced at the beginning of the 2005 summer term. The course provides an opportunity for participants with previous dance experience to put technical contemporary skills into creative practice. Participants have pooled their choreographic skills to create Down Havana Way which will appear on Thursday 23 June.

Presented over three nights, by Hammersmith and Fulham arts development team, Lyrical Dance is a culmination of work from dance groups based over west London, celebrating the diversity of dance available in the area.



PLEASE NOTE – Final Date Change – Rambert Summer School 2005


Rambert’s annual Summer School will now be held between 8 & 12 August 05 (instead of 1-5 August as previously announced).

The Summer School is a unique opportunity for students or teachers over 17 years old 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.


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.

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, physiotherapy and exercise room, office space, the Rambert archive and a Resource Centre.

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.



AUTUMN 2005 TOURING SCHEDULE

Wed 21 – Sat 24 September

The Lowry, Salford

Performances at 7.30pm

Box Office: 0870 787 5790

Bonachela New Work, Swamp, Constant Speed

** Please note the repertoire correction above – Dark Elegies does not appear in the Salford programme as previously stated

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Wed 28 September – Sat 1 October

The Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

Performances at 7.30pm

Box Office: 01494 512000

Judgment of Paris, Momenta, Dark Elegies, Constant Speed

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Wed 5 – Sat 8 October

Bristol Hippodrome

Performances at 7.30pm

Box Office: 0870 607 7500

Swamp, Dark Elegies, Constant Speed

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Wed 12 – Fri 14 October

Theatre Royal, Norwich

Performances at 7.30pm; matinee on Thursday 13 October at 2.30pm

Box Office: 016303 630000

Swamp, Dark Elegies, Constant Speed

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Wed 2 – Sat 5 November

Milton Keynes Theatre

Performances at 7.30pm

Box Office: 01908 606090

Swamp, Bonachela New Work, Constant Speed

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Tues 15 – Sat 19 November

Sadler’s Wells, London

Performances at 7.30pm; Family Matinee* on Sat 19 November at 2.30pm

Box Office: 0870 737 7737

Bonachela New Work, Bruce New Work, Swamp

* Family Matinee will include the new works by Rafael Bonachela and Christopher Bruce only

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Wed 23 – Fri 25 November

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Performances at 7.30pm

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Bonachela New Work, Bruce New Work, Constant Speed

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Wed 30 November – Sat 3 December

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Performances at 7.30pm

Box Office: 01752 267222

Bonachela New Work, Bruce New Work, Constant Speed


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