Rambert, Britain’s national dance company, return to Norwich this month – and among the three works they perform will be the popular favourite Ghost Dances. We’re taking a look ahead at what you can expect from this much-loved piece.
Performed by dancers in an iconic costume of white body paint and eerie masks, Ghost Dances is one of the most popular works in Rambert’s history. Created by choreographer Christopher Bruce, it pays tribute to the victims of political oppression in South America. The Ghost Dancers themselves step from the South American rituals, in which they form a link between our world and the next.
Take a look at these photos of the dancers in action:
Described by the Guardian as “a classic”, this tour is a revival of the piece which was first performed in 1981. It was created in association with the Chilean Human Rights Committee, and was inspired by a letter which Bruce received from the widow of a murdered Chilean folk singer. Musician and composer Victor Jara was murdered by the forces of General Pinochet, and the impact of his story is clear in the haunting Chilean music and themes of life and death.
The dancers in this video describe it as an honour to perform such an iconic work onstage. See what else they had to say about the piece:
Alongside Ghost Dances, the company will perform two other works. The days run away like wild horses is a new piece by Aletta Collins. Taking its title from a poem by Charles Bukowski, this dance highlights the everyday occurrences that make up a life.
Rounding out the trio is Symbiosis, another new work by Andonis Foniadakis. A high-energy performance, it’s a chance for the Rambert dancers to show off the full range of their skills.
They’re certainly a favourite company here in Norwich, and with this much-loved work returning to the stage, the Ghost Dances tour is not to be missed.
Rambert Dance Company is here on 19 & 20 October. Buy tickets now at Norwich Theatre Royal.