One of the oldest and most popular UK dance companies are visiting Norwich Theatre Royal in October. The Rambert Dance Company was born out of the conflict of the First World War. Since then the touring company has evolved and gone from strength to strength. Today this contemporary dance group are renowned for gripping performances dubbed as modern classics. This October (19th and 20th) audiences will be treated to three performances – the iconic Ghost Dances, Wild Horses and Symbiosis. If you’re a dance lover or interested in Mexican culture or the Day of the Dead festival it’s time to get excited!
Ghost Dances was choreographed by Christopher Bruce in 1981, as a reaction to the murder of a Chilean folk singer. Rather poignantly it draws references from the Day of the Dead Festival; where families come together to honour the dead. The Latin American soundtrack gives a nod to the heritage of the piece as well. Bruce himself returned to rework this performance of his classic piece. Expect chilling and moving scenes, incredible costumes complete with intricate skull masks, all set to a live Peruvian soundtrack. As someone who has always been fascinated by the Day of the Dead celebrations I’m really looking forward to this evocative performance.
The second in the trio of Rambert performances will be Aletta Colins’ The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses.’ It is said to be a laugh out loud funny depiction of the everyday moments which make up a life. The piece will be set along to the Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s Danzones – a homage to 40’s style Mexican cinema.
Finally, Norwich Theatre Royal audiences will be treated to internationally-acclaimed dance-maker Andonis Foniadakis’ Symbiosis. This high energy piece will be performed to a newly-composed score by British neo-classical composer Ilan Eshkeri. The Guardian called it “archaic and oddly haunting.” It should be a feast for the eyes, leaving you on the edge of your seat!
These unmissable performances by The Rambert Dance Company run on the 19th and 20th October. There’s a matinee performance and introduction by artistic director Mark Baldwin on the Friday. I for one cannot wait to see Ghost Dances. I’ve got a feeling that this will be an epic introduction to the world of modern dance.
With thanks to Jane Hobson and Ellie Kurttz for the images.