Rambert Dance Company returns to Norwich for its annual autumn visit with a treat for dance fans in the form of an iconic masterpiece by renowned choreographer Christopher Bruce complemented by two stunning new pieces by internationally-acclaimed dance-makers.
Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances was choreographed for Rambert in 1981 and is one of the most celebrated contemporary dance pieces of its generation and a key area of study for dance students.
It came about after Christopher Bruce received a letter from the widow of a Chilean folk singer who was murdered and the result was an evocative tribute to the victims of political oppression in South America. It references celebrations of the Day of the Dead and is driven by the bewitching rhythms of traditional Latin American music.
The critics have described it as ‘Magnificently performed’ (The Daily Telegraph) to ‘A modern classic’ (Daily Express) and ‘Gripping’ (The Sunday Times).
Now aged 71, Christopher Bruce holds a unique position in British dance. As a dancer and then a choreographer with Rambert from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, he was encouraged by the company’s founder Dame Marie Rambert. For this most recent reworking of one of his most famous pieces, he personally returned to the studio to put the dancers through their paces.
Also on the programme in Norwich will be The days run away like wild horses, a new creation by Aletta Collins, one of the UK’s most in-demand choreographers. It takes its title from a poem by Charles Bukowski and is a witty and vivid laugh-out-loud depiction of the everyday moments that make up a life, set to the pulsating tones of Arturo Márquez’s musical piece Danzones.
Completing the triple bill is a new work from internationally-acclaimed dance-maker Andonis Foniadakis called Symbiosis. This high velocity celebration of the Rambert dancers’ skills is set to a newly-commissioned beautiful score by British neo-classical composer Ilan Eshkeri who is known for his concert music, film scores, and artistic collaborations.
The Friday matinee production in Norwich will feature an introduction by Rambert’s artistic director Mark Baldwin with performances of Ghost Dances and The days run away like wild horses.
There will also be a pre-show talk on Thursday, October 19, at 6.30pm in the theatre’s Targetfollow Room (tickets for the pre-show talk are free but must be booked through the Box Office on 01603 630000).
Judy Foster, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “Rambert’s 2017 programme will give a taste of the company’s eclectic range of work, from Christopher Bruce’s stunning Ghost Dances, which everyone should see at least once, to these wonderful new thought-provoking works from highly-regarded choreographers which push the boundaries of performance for the dancers.”
Rambert Dance Company perform here on 19&20 October. Buy tickets at Norwich Theatre Royal.